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Leisure Time

Interview with Charles and Nick

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Charles: You get one hour worth of rec time. TV was on but you could only watch it from inside your cell.
Nick: None

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Charles: Just that one hour of rec and three hours of time outside your cell required by law. That was it.
Nick: There is 1 TV per pod and if your daily stool pigeons were not dictating what you watched the CO's controlled the channel

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Charles: I think that was the one of the most important things an inmate can do to try to get your mind off of stuff: lots of pushups.
Nick: You can only exercise in your cell or walk in what they called outside rec.

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?
Charles: One hour a day. All they had out there was basketball or handball.
Nick: Never-There is a concrete block room roughly 40 ft square off of each pod with 1 opening about 15 ft off the ground covered by bars and mesh wire.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Charles: Yes they did. It was often the only comfort inmate had. They had a special room being monitored by guards or with cameras.
Nick: Yes they provided Protestant, Catholic and Muslim services. Most the church serves were disruptive as it turned into no more than a gathering place

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