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Interview with Matthew

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Matthew: Kane County Jail was so over crowded that inmates had to sleep in the gym. Which meant the gym was not used for anything else. There would be a cart of books which may come around once a month. In case particularly, I had books sent in by mail for me to read plus I had puzzle books sent in to me. I also spent a lot of time playing cards.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Matthew: The only entertainment per say was the TV and it was hard to see or hear and there was not enough room around it for everybody to see or hear. I mostly like to watch sports which was very competitive to get a good spot to watch I usually got my spot an hour before it statrted.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Matthew: I did not do anything to stay in shape when I was not in jail. Anybody that wanted to work out usually did pushups on the floor.

JM: How often did you get to go outside? What did you do outside if you were allowed to? If you were not allowed to go outside what could you do for exercise?
Matthew: At Kane County Jail nobody was allowed outside. The only exercise you could do was pushups on the floor or dips on the staircase railings.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Matthew: The jail did offer church services once a week to anybody that wanted to go up to a certain number. The church services were very good. You could also get a Bible from the jail chaplain to read.

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