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Interview with Alan and Martin

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Alan: Nothing. We either spent time in the day room or we were in our cells. there were no facilities to help pass the time. I could take as many showers as I wanted to, but I only took one shower a day or sometimes two showers if I was bored. we did not have to shower with others.
Martin: they had a small book cart and some board games and they provide you with two pices of paper a week and two stamped envelopes chess cheqers card games like pinkule and parchesey the inmates are fond of spades and penkucle i mostly read books and exercised theres also an exercise room where you just walk in a circle

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Alan: We had one shitty TV with a paper clip for an antenna the blacks dominated the TV and occasionally the Mexicans would get a chance to watch some shows in Spanish. I avoided the TV area because it was a constant source of fights and tension. I read a lot of books. I wish we had more books to choose from. Some inmates that could afford it had radios with headphones.
Martin: no access was very easy most people watch tv cops of all things is the show people like to watch and thats what the majority of inmates do if i ever played a board game i played chess and hardly anyone played if not they played spades or they exercised

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Alan: I was able to stay in shape in jail because I had a lot of time to focus on staying in shape.
Martin: no they barely feed you in polk county jail and there commisary isnt hardly anything so theres no getting 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?
Alan: When we were allowed outside it was weather permitting and if the tank was on good behavior or on lock down one person could get the whole tank to loose rec privileges. If we were stuck inside all we could do is push ups, etc...outside all we had was basketball and a track to run.
Martin: no there was no going outside alls they had was a exercise room that they sometimes opened a window the room was like 30 by 30

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Alan: Yes. This was one of the things I looked forward to. Church services were held in a very nice, large chapel every Sunday morning.
Martin: yes they offer a chaplain penticostal non denominational i belive i think that religion should not be practiced by prisoners its anti catholic and crazy

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