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Interview with Chuck and Blake

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Chuck: They only had TV.
Blake: They had a basketball court and you could buy cards off of commissary to play with, monopoly board games and different books but mostly you write letters and read, watch TV, work out , small talk or just try and find something to help you past the time thru everyday.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Chuck: I didn't have a choice on what I wanted to watch. Most of the inmates were black so it was usually on black TV.
Blake: We brought our own cards so never really worried about that, it was mostly the board games and the TV. You had to sign up in order to get a game, like scrabble or monopoly, and the TV was always on a voting type thing except at certain times when we had to play the news.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Chuck: Yes. There's not a lot of exercise.
Blake: No I didn't have a hard time staying in shape while locked up, there was really nothing else to do but get on an exercise program

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?
Chuck: Once or twice a week into an enclosed area.
Blake: Went outside three times a week, played basketball, or jogged around the court, when inside we did push ups, sit ups, dips and pull ups.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Chuck: Yes. I think it was weekly.
Blake: Yes the jail offered church services, they were run by a pastor who worked at the jail and he would invite outside guests to speak in the jail chapel.

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