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Interview with Dylan

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Dylan: Well you had rec which was 4 walls with an open top to get fresh air. It had a basketball court where I did alot of my time in rec doing. rec was only like 1 hour in the morning. They had church on sundays and once a month they cut hair.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Dylan: I would say 80 percent of fights were caused by the tv. Every one wanted to watch their own show and if the other person didnt like it well they wanted it changed and if they didnt agree on it well then its going down. But most of the time you had the same shows come on at certain times or certain days and they would come up with a scheduel for the tv. like lunch time would be Maury and when that was over the hispanics would watch their show on the spanish channel. It just depends on the tank and the inmates.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Dylan: actually no. Even though there were no weights we would just free weight workout. We would play dominoes and play for pushups. 100 pushups for the team who loses and we would play all day long. then we would all workout after chow do sit ups, push ups, pull ups, dips, we would roll the heaviest mat up and do bicep curls. We made the most of what we had. I actually gained muscle weight when I was in there. I mean you locked up all day long with nothing else to do you might as well get in shape the way I see it.

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?
Dylan: Our rec was our outside. Even though we were surrounded by walls the top was open so you could see the sky, clouds, birds. but that was our outside. Now they did have outside trustees that worked outside but thats it.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Dylan: yes they did offer church service every sunday. I never went to the services but the inmates who did enjoyed it. I had a bible and I would read out of that every day. That was my church service.

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