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Interview with Zach

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Zach: You had the library, the gym, or the visiting room. There were no weights so you would use other peoople to give you resistance. The sessions of basketball were only a half an hour. Some people just walked around the track, just to avoid the fights the games would cause. Other than that, there was not much to do. Many card games were going on though.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Zach: There was a library so the books would be your escape. Once per week we were taken to play basketball in a gym. There was one tv and it would cause fights. I got in many fights over the tv. Either people would block your view, change the channel or want to watch something different than you. In prison we all had our own tvs which was much better.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Zach: I was a bodybuilder when i went in so I know of many ways to stay in shape without weights. I would spend a couple hours a day doing karate and doing all sorts of exercises. This was hard to maintain with the food being so bad and the results I got were below zero as my body became fatter and fatter from my diet. I worked out mostly for the mental rush it gave me and to stay inshape for the many fights I would get in.

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?
Zach: In the one hundred and eighty three days I was in county jail did I ever get to step outside. Not being able to have the sun shine on your face or feel the wind blow is in itself torture and quite depressing. I wasn't alone in this. No one steps foot outside and some imates I know of were there for three plus years.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Zach: I think they offered them, but since I don't believe in god I never inquired about them. I think they might even had priest that came around. It wasn't until I went to prison did I ever step foot in the church they had there or talk to the priests. They did have religious books in the jail library though, although I never read them.

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