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Interview with Jen, Karen and Will

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Jen: church, libary, gym
Karen: There was t.v in the common area, on Sunday there was bible studies/church services, library time was once or twice a week, gym time was also only once or twice a week, AA meetings and you could purchase playing cards. There were no board games because of dice. If we had dice then there would be gambling.
Will: None for me

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Jen: it was fierce only 20 at a time, there were 53 women in that pod
Karen: The entertainment was subject to whoever got there first and then they got their choice of, for example, television channels. Inmates would tear your hair out in order to have their television channel choice. Entertainment was thin. You could do origami if you had paper which was always pretty scarce.
Will: I could see about half the tv from my cell and like most things in there the top dogs controlled the tv.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Jen: all we did was sleep and eat its hard to do anything when your on lockdown all day long
Karen: There was not enough time to be active or access to any equipment. The food was not geared towards healthy choices.
Will: yes

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?
Jen: vry rarly
Karen: There is an enclosed patio that you could go out but there was no room for activity. We could talk or just stretch our legs.
Will: I was able to go outside 3 times in 6 months. There was not much you could do. Each pod had about a 25 by 25 foot square that inmates on the pod could go out in when they were let out of there cells. Most guys just brought a chair and sat out ther. All you can really do is push-ups and sit-ups in your cell.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Jen: they were held across the hall in a small room,only a small group could attend
Karen: Church services were offered on Sunday only. I would say about half the inmates would attend. They were held in the mornings.
Will: no

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