JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? Sparkie: gym when they finally opened it after a month,
cards, TV Craig: Not much. We had a small weight room. You can
watch TV, play cards and play basketball. Allison: None. a tv, some books- not many. Outside time was
limited- sometimes once a week, sometimes 3 times a
week. There was a gym for rainy days or inclimate
weather. They had limited weights, a stationery bike
and basketball nets. Most of us walked around the
gym's perimeter for excercise.
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. Sparkie: tv always on when not in lock down Craig: We had three TV's in our cell block. In the
morning we watched news on one TV and movies on
the other. The third TV was on the spanish
stations. We all agreed on what to watch. At
night we watched baseball, mostly the Yankee's. Allison: We all had regular access but 20-40 women with 1
tv sometimes meant arguing and fighting.The more
aggresive girls usually commanded what we watched.
The same shows were always on, very little varity.
On the weekends the correctional officers played
movies- selection was entirely theirs. Most movies
were pretty good.
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? Sparkie: no Craig: No, You don't get alot of food unless you have a
commisary accout set up (which I did). Your not
going to gain alot of weight with the amount of
food you get. Prior to setting up my comissary
account I was starving all the time. And I'm not
a big person I enjoy eating. Allison: Oh YES. And I walked regularly 20 minutes daily
around my unit. Most of us gained a good deal of
wait in jail.
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? Sparkie: 4 hrs every day Craig: We were able to go outside every day. We
alternated with the cell block next to us. Allison: Again, outside was 0 - 3 times a week with nothing
to do. a small court to walk or just sit in the
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? Sparkie: yes hard to get to Craig: I think they do. I wasn't there long enough to
find out the details. Allison: Yes. I am Jewish and when I requested to see a
Rabbi, a local Chabbad sent one quickly. He was able
to bring me religious books, and traditional foods
for holidays. Meant the world to me!