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Interview with Ted, Lisa, Tania and Thomas

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Ted: TV, church services, library on certain days, rec on certain days. Card games and stuff like that.
Lisa: watching tv reading and takjing pohne and writting cleaning and talking to people and listen to music and doing art and eatting snacks and daydreaming and looking outside window and praying and reading bible and playing cards and smile and laughting and joking and thinking and soulreaching and prayer and simle
Tania: you could play cards, read, talk on the phone or to other inmates. there was once a week when we got an hour of exercise time which was spent in a gymnasium where you could walk or play basketball, that was it. so you must keep yourself busy which generally cost you money.
Thomas: They have the Law Library which you must put in a request form for and then you never know when they may come get you and if the library is full you may have to wait until the next time other than this you have a concrete yard you can play basketball in and thats it.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Ted: Competition is fierce when trying to choose what to watch on TV.
Lisa: nothing like going in my cell bkock it was boring and all of gays and liers and mental people and people that get on your nerves only to do is sleep and drink water and pray and read the bible and write letter if they really sent to your family
Tania: you only had regular access to entertainment if you bought cards, books, dominoes or phone calls. some inmates would not let you use their stuff unless you let them use your stuff. if you don't have money to get stuff then you have to rely on the kindness of others..not likely
Thomas: There is no entertainment in there basketball when they call yard and the library cart filled with old beat up readers digest condensed version books, there is no TV, or radio the mornging paper {one only} gets thrown on the cell table right after breakfeast at 5:30am good luck trying to get a piece of it before 4:00pm

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Ted: No. If you wanted to stay in shape it wasn't hard.
Lisa: yes i slept most of time and didnt care about that but you can in your cell if you dont have mate to share with
Tania: yes, because there was only one hour a week for exercise and the food is heavily carb based and barely any space on the block
Thomas: No you can always do push ups back arms and such in any jail or hit the yard and walk around for few laps.

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?
Ted: I only went outside on the day I was released. They have a rec room that is indoors. You go to the rec room once or twice a week.
Lisa: once a week and maybe more in summer and if you have been good that day and you smile abnd prayed and smile and feel great
Tania: you got to go to the gym which was indoors once weekly. you could play basketball, walk or talk to others. that was the only option
Thomas: Suppossedly once a day but in there it was like every third or fourth day and then if the guards were ticked at the cell you may have to wait a week

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Ted: Yes. On Sundays. They were just normal church services, it was fine.
Lisa: yes church every week in chaplain room and you had to be on theur list to go if not you are stud
Tania: yes, once a week on saturday or sunday. it was a church figure who visited with inmates on an individual basis
Thomas: They had church services in both non denomational and catholic either on sundays or saturdays I beleive they also had a Jehovah preacher for the ones who requested but not sure

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