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Interview with Tom and Abe

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Tom: Inside the pod you're locked in 23 hours a day. In the pod is a TV. Outside we had a small table four seater, we had cards, dominoes but no reading material. There was a pull up bar but that's it.
Abe: There was a gym, church services, a library with a limited amount of reading material. Generally magazine and periodicals from distant years past. The gym was outdated and the physical equipment was old and dangerous. There was alot of wear and tear visible in the gym area during my stay.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Tom: Nothing to be in competition over.
Abe: There was only one TV per pod, and the channel was controlled by a deputy with the tv remote. The channel was usually selected by democratic election and cheering by the prisoner in approval or disapproval of the program per channel. It was very unpleasant experience for me at that time.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Tom: No not at all I'm pretty lean. I do calisthencis and I tone up all the time.
Abe: Yes, even with daily regimens of push ups and situps I tended to over eat while I was in there.

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?
Tom: One hour a day, 3 days a week we could go out to the rec pen.
Abe: I was not allowed outside at the time of my stay because of inclement weather. The only time I was outside was to and from my court appearances.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Tom: They would offer Catholic on Saturday nights and Prtestant on Sundays. The common room was the chapel.
Abe: Yes the jail did offer religious services. They were held on Sundays in the gym by a member of clergy.

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