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Interview with Virginia and Shaun

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Virginia: Nothing you stayed in your block maybe played cards or something. Thats in the county though. In prison they do offer different activities to pass the time. Which makes it easier for the convict. But who care whats best for the convict right? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Shaun: There were not many things or facilities for passing the time away. A cart came by now and again with books. Volunteers from differnt churches would come by on certain days to preach about the bible. And if your lucky you might catch a lawyer walking by to ask questions.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Virginia: You have a tv and have to share it with how ever many women are in the block with yyou which sucks and you have these little ear buds you have to wear if u wanna hear the tv. you can have a walkman too which is a little radio.
Shaun: I did have access but at time the competition for books especially were fierce. We also got to go outside in what we called a dog pen to walk around for fifteen to twenty minutes. the guards would often call our time very early to dismayed there would be more time

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Virginia: At first I ate alot to cope with my depression and slept but then I got bored and started working out.
Shaun: Yes i did do to lack of activity and poor eating not to mention the aspect and effects of stress.

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?
Virginia: Maybe a hour every day and no running was aloowed we could walk around in a circle. It wasnt like recess at school you dont get to play
Shaun: We did go outside maybe three times per week in what we called the dog pen a fifteen by twenty five foot area for us

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Virginia: Yes and half of the people in there went as a coping mac. it was ridiculous if you ask me because half of them were just hypocrites.
Shaun: They didnt offer church services but did allow volunteers to come by the cells on certain days to preacth to us.

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