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Interview with Clark

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Clark: Rec time and video visits and phone calls. The jail did not have much in the way of recreation. Otherwise it was cards, commissary, writing or reading or tv if you wanted to risk the conflict. you really spent time reviewing your case, writing or reading or resting or exercising

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Clark: competition was fierce. there was a pecking order and if you did not meet those heirchal threshholds you were outnumbered. most fights were over the tv and phones and commissary thefts. sometimes horseplay cause conflict but not as often. there were definitely factions based on neighborhoods and race and sometimes socioeconomic status

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Clark: Yes and no. Fewer calories mean less energy. Depression could set in if you weren't cognizant of its symptoms. you didn't get fat.

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?
Clark: Never outside. You could only walk or run around the guy area, there was a universal all in one machine and a dip and pull up bard

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Clark: yes there were church services, but again there was a pecking order. only those that had been there the longest were allowed to go or certain gangs and groups controlled attendance the volunteers seemed to know it was happening but were powerless

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