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Interview with Kate

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Kate: we had a library we visited once per week and a volunteer came in once per week for a creative writing class, they made board games and puzzles available through the library. no gym or outside for women there was a tv in the unit and we were allowed to purchase playing cards on commissary

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Kate: we did not have cable and yes the girls that watched the tv definitely called the shows we watched. I didn't get involved except to watch a baseball game and we voted on that and was still only able to watch one hour of it. they did allow us to choose a dvd on Saturdays but it was always a fight so the guard would choose it for us

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Kate: yes!! there is no type of exersise and no space to do it if you wanted, besides that all personal hygiene items are very overpriced on commissary so who wants to sweat...also the food they serve is all starch and bread and it is disgusting!! so you buy ramen noodles at a dollar a bag and eat them cold or potatoe chips and cakes, nothing healthy at ALL

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?
Kate: some of us would walk the stairs inside the pod,we were not allowed outside or do crunches on our bunks...not really any other options for us as women

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Kate: yes they did and but I don't remember much about that as I did not participate, I think the women would come inside our unit but I would sleep and not participate

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