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Interview with Nate

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Nate: watching t.v. playing chess,checkes and card and going out to the yard when they felt like letting you out,they also had a gym they they let us go to once a month if they felt like it.they also had a base ball field which we didn't get to use much.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Nate: everyone fights over everything,I never in my life seen so many men fighting over a t.v. to watch cartoons,if they were that interested in cartoons they would have never been in jail,the blacks cant seem to go a day without them,the games such as chess was a hot item and very bad fights broke out over this item

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Nate: Yes,the food has no protein in it because the guards don't want you to overpower them if a riot breaks out,doing lots of pushups was the only thing to combat this.

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?
Nate: they let us go outsde once a week and most of us just stood around talking to each other,they let two different blocks out at one time and yes fights broke out a lot.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Nate: the church service was held in the gym,you could go just about every night which was a very peaceful time,this is about the only time people got along.

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