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Interview with Mario

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Mario: Since Payne County Jail is a smaller jail and is one hundred percent indoors, there were not a lot of activities to do. Most inmates either played cards, watched television, read books or spoke on the phone to pass the time. The best past time in jail is just sleeping the time away.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Mario: Contrary to larger county jails, there was not really any competition for entertainment such as books or television watching. To avoid conflict, the other inmates generally agreed on what to watch by vote or by who was watching it first. The only books were personal property, so borrowing or trading for books was the only option is you didn't have any.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Mario: While the jail doesn't have any fitness equipment, it's pretty easy to stay in shape if you want to by exercising in your cell.

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?
Mario: There was no outside time, so all exercise activities had to be done indoors. Most people either did pushups, pullups or crunches in their room.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Mario: The jail did offer church services and clergy are available for personal counseling as well. Services are held most days of the week.

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