JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? Drew: The Rec yard we could play ball workout pushups sit
ups and pull ups.Also inmates would run jog or walk
you could do dips or other cario activity or even
play handball. Unfortunetly that was about it other
than N/a meetings. Although I wished there was
considerably more to do. Matt: Television. Thats it. We were given rec time EARLY
in the morning, before anyone really wakes up, so
no one ever really woke up on time to go out. The
most I got to go outside was when they would shake
down our cells. It was very very suffocating in
there. Nothing to do.
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. Drew: I had regular access to most of the facilities
available. Except for the T.v. channels and such
because the mexican nationals would share with the
americans. So half the time we watched novellas
spanish soap operas and lucha libre or futbol.
Which in english is wrestling and spanish soccer
Matt: Competition was definitely fierce. Many fights or
arguments were started over access to the tv,
amongst inmates and with the correctional
officers. The biggest fights were about the
spanish speaking inmates wanting to watch spanish
television and the rest of the english speaking
inmates wanting to watch regular tv. Since its
such a tight overcrowded space its impossible to
hear the TV so when a movie comes on a lot of
people get mad about the noise.
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? Drew: No not particularly because no meat is served only
soy products first of all. And I was constantly
working out. Matt: Yes, with the constant hunger and lack of chances
to get outside, I found myself highly unmotivated.
The 3 'balanced' meals a day don't keep one full,
and that left me feeling tired a lot.
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? Drew: One to three times a weeks to the rec yard. We
would go play basketball or workout or walk run
etc.. I would workout in cell. Matt: We were technically allowed to go out every day,
but our rec time was so early in the morning that
no one ever woke up on time to go out. Outside we
were allowed to walk, or use the meager equipment
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? Drew: There was a chaplain and there was bible study in
the multi purpose rooms throughout the jail mostly
by X pod
Matt: I do not believe the jail held church services,
unless a volunteer would come in to hold a service
for the inmates.