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Interview with Ryan and Kathryn

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Ryan: They had board games, mostly people played chess. Also card games and dice were played. There was a basketball in the gym area and people would work out there almost all day. Simply walking the outline of the block was common and a lot of reading was done by inmates
Kathryn: We had a rec area. Other than that, no activities. You had to make your own activities. We had a volleyball game everyday

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Ryan: no we did not have regular access, there was one newspaper a day and two tv's and yes the competition was feirce. The was basically a schedule for the tv's and the newspaper was first come first serve and there were many fights over the newspaper literally everyday. there would be fights over the tv as well
Kathryn: We had two tv's for 35 inmates

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Ryan: no i did not. I did a lot of walking along the outside of the block and i also worked out in the gym area everyday. Plus we were barely fed enough food so i was always hungry
Kathryn: Yes, i gained 30 pounds

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?
Ryan: we did not get to go outside ever, unless you were leaving from the jail to the courthouse. For exercise i would walk a lot and do push ups/pull ups in the gym area.
Kathryn: Never.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Ryan: yes they did. They had a preist come in once a week for an hour to do a lesson and a sermon.
Kathryn: Yes, there was a jail pastor.

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