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Interview with Robert and Amanda

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Robert: Mostly card playing, the yard for one hour a day every other day. It had a basketball court and walkway. There was a gym that was available 3 times a week and there was a gym in the main prison for basketball. Mostly cards was the activity of choice for me.
Amanda: there was a gym, a library, day room with tv and also different kinds of groups like parenting, drug and alcohol classes, anger management and also church activities. If you had money, you were allowed to purchase a Tv for ur cell. You could also have reading material that was pre- approved by the prison sent to you.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Robert: They would show movies 2 times a week on a VCR and television was available in the common area and in the bunk area but there were certain shows everyone watched like Prison Break and 24 and a lot of various sports like football and basketball. Never any major conflicts.
Amanda: There was no entertainment except for the dayroom TV. Typically- the same inmates would regulate the television channels- so it really didn't make sense to go to dayroom to watch a show bc u could never choose it. Sometimes the girls did skits and impromptu things that were mildly entertaining- but they usually got into trouble for that.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Robert: No since I was in the kitchen and moving around a lot and lifting items for the preparation of food.
Amanda: Yes bc you did not have regular access to the gym. Also all the food they feed you is carbohydrate based and the commissary sells nothing healthy.

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?
Robert: I told you earlier we got one hour every other day and could walk or play ball and then there was the weight room if you wanted to go.
Amanda: Outside time was daily weather permitting. You could either sit and talk or walk the small track. I did that about three times a day about 100x a period.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Robert: They had services but I did not participate so I could not say exactly what it entailed or how helpful it was.
Amanda: The jail did offer church services down in the chapel. I did not go, but the girls did like them and stated there were different church groups on a weekly basis.

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