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Interview with Sean

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Sean: Television was the main attraction,although the jailers screened what you watched. alot of inmates played cards. The Captain would come thru every couple weeks with books. Reading was my best pastime and they would allow you to have 2 books at a time,so if somebody brought you one you had to turn one in.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Sean: The television was sometimes definately a an item many disputed over. The jailers would change it sometimes JUST to piss people off, and the inmates would disagree on what to watch. It was a small TV and with all the noise going on, it was hard to hear and keep up with what was going on.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Sean: I did start gaining weight. I went from 190 to 210 in a short period. I started walking 5 miles (98 laps around pod) every evening.

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?
Sean: Usually everyday weather permitting. It was a small fenced in area so there was'nt much activity going on out there, but you did get to enjoy the sun.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Sean: Yes. They were held wice a week. On Tuesday, there was a minister there from a local church. On Fridays they usually had a special speaker who had servrd time somewhere and had turned his life around.

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