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Interview with Ricky

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Ricky: The was a gym, church, games such as chess and checkers... People played a lot or cards, there was a lAw library that you had to put in a request to use, minimum security also had a work program where you would make something like 3 dollars a day to help you buy things from the commissary.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Ricky: Well, it was me the laws if the wild... The biggest and strongest got this pick of whatever they wanted, whether it be the type of card game you played, or what channel you watched on the television. They had the run of the phones, and would stay on them as long as they wanted, sometimes you wouldn't even get to use them all day. You accepted this if you were an average inmate, it was a matter of personal safety.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Ricky: Yes. You spend a lot of time trying to sleep your sentence away, and the diet consists of mostly carbs and fats, because they are cheap.

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?
Ricky: You could go outside 2 or three times a week, depending on the time of year and what Mod you were in. They had a basketball court, and you could do laps around the yard... There was also an outside weight room in minimum. Inside, you did push ups, pull ups, sit ups, and crunches.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Ricky: Yes they did- they were just like any other church service- they were based on Christianity, although you would have some inmates that would convert to Islam and practice it.

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