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Interview with Charles, Rich, Kevin, Molly, Jeremy, Chad and Laura

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Charles: None.
Rich: there were 2 t.v.'s , we went to the library 1 time a month(you could only get 1 book) there were card tables or you could play chess or checkers
Kevin: I worked all of the time so I did not really have a chance to enjoy any facilities but there were televisions and books.
Molly: tv
Jeremy: None
Chad: basketball court, usually a ball wasn't available. cards, but only one card table allowed with over 100 and usually over 150 inmates at one time to share time. television, with volume so low you can't hear it.
Laura: they would turn the television on when we would come out of our cells. i saw a checkers board. the one phone they had working. and you could go outside i saw a basketball goal outside it was to cold for that. or you could do what i did and sleep

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Charles: No access.
Rich: on the 1st shift 8-4 they only allowed 1 card table and 1 game table so it was almost impossible to play. on the second shift 4-12 the guard usually let us play at any table so you had plenty of time to play
Kevin: There was competition over what channel the television would be on and how loud it was but I tried not to get involved. However, there were people who did get in arguments over it.
Molly: one tv for 200 women
Jeremy: Fierce competition all around. No individual inmate access was allowed with the exception of high ranking gang memebers
Chad: Competiton was fierce. One card table, one game table, sometimes one ball, with over 100 to 150 people having to share
Laura: everybody in there was pretty respectful as far as the inmates they would ask me if i needed to use the phone before they would knowing they would get in touch with someone they werent rude or anything why would you you all locked down in the same jai together

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Charles: Yes.
Rich: yes it was so crowded it was hard to walk much less exercise
Kevin: No, if you wanted to get in shape there was time and it was just as easy as on the outside.
Molly: yes
Jeremy: No, I was practically malnourished. The food was always cold and dried out.
Chad: yes. i gained a lot of weight. there is limited space, no type of equipment. no one was really allowed to workout other than push-ups inside cells that had 4 people in it.
Laura: I wasnt able to eat that food the two days i spent there. so i would say yes i probably would have starved unless the was something edible i. the canteen

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?
Charles: Only to walk to the cafeteria.
Rich: anytime during the 1st or 2nd shift you could go out on the courtyard to smoke. it was a little bigger than half court of a basketball court with a goal hanging on the wall. and they would put otu 1 ball but only for about 1 hour on each shift
Kevin: I got to go outside everyday to smoke, to go the Annex to work, and go to stores with officers or to take trash out.
Molly: every day-outside area the roof was open, smoking area
Jeremy: 4 hours out of my day
Chad: there was really no outside access. the basketball court had an open top with a cage over it but it was part of the pod inside the jail
Laura: I was allowed to go outside during the hour twice a day that we were let out of ohr cells. i went outside to smoke it was to.cold for anything else.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Charles: Yes. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Awesome church !!!!!
Rich: you could only go to church on sunday morning and it was only 1 man speaking for about 30 minutes
Kevin: Yes, but the trustees were not allowed to go.
Jeremy: Yes, a volunteer pastor came and held an informal worship service.
Chad: yes. it was held in a meeting room and a pastor came for the services
Laura: I wasnt told anything about church service whie i was there. maybe they dont mention it until sunday not sure how that works.

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