JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? Jonathan: Your leisure time is spent on the unit. There is a
small recreation yard outside that is fenced in
and also cover by a fence. Out there you can play
basketball, handball, lift weights, and there
seats, and two phones out there.
Besides that, recreation is inside with two tv's,
tables for cards. There is also a gymnasium. But
Dedham is overcrowded, and the gym is being used
as a unit, so there are bunk beds in the gym now. Mike: Weight machine, yard, pull up bar, tv and tables for cards or chess,
books in the library or you can have them sent in. No radios in this
jail which sucks a lot. You work out play cards or hand ball and or
watch tv or read. or take a computer class or other course.
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. Jonathan: I didn't get into that at all, I read when I'm in
jail. But it usually was agreed upon that one of the
tv's was sports, the other shows or movies. When I
was in Dedham, the Bruins were in the playoffs, and
stanley cup. So that was a no brainer. Mike: I didn't have any problems but the activities are limited. Only so
many people can play hand ball. I mostly worked out Yes you have
to share the weight machine and pull up bar, and the tv there is
generally only 1 or 2 per unit, but I wouldn't describe the
competition as Fierce, most people were reasonable and willing to
give everyone a turn.
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? Jonathan: I did. You can get lazy in there. You're not getting
a lot of protein in your diet, and the meals don't
provide you with the energy to train for a 10 round
fight, but it also should prevent you from getting
too fat. And for the most part, people don't smoke.
So it keeps your lungs clean. Mike: No just the opposite I got into better shape than I have ever been
in, as there isn't much else to do, though everyone doesn't get into
shape anyone can.
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? Jonathan: I'd walk around the unit, just do laps. Outside, you
could play hoop, jog around the yard, handball, toss
a football, shadow box. People do push-ups in their
cells....sit-ups. Mike: Everyone gets the option of going outside for at least an hour a day,
some units get more time out, I think on average I was outside for
3-4 hours a day. You can play hand ball or use the weight machine
or pull up bar. When I couldn't go out I would do pushups in my
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? Jonathan: The jail offers church services for many different
religions. I didn't attend these services, but a
pastor, priest, or what have you comes from the
outside. Mike: Yes, I never attended, I think they were several time a week, no
weekend services. But they had daily or every other day services.