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Interview with Tim, Sherri and Brett

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Tim: Television with a few channels, dominoes, chess, outside recreation (which was rarely called). We were forbidden to use cards, as they were "gambling paraphernalia" Some of us would make board games such as Dungeons and Dragons out of paper and cardboard. The books for role-playing games were allowed as well as other books.
Sherri: Nothing was offered. I wasn't allowed out of my cage . . . . . They had an outside rec yard that women were allowed to play vball basketball run and lift some weights. I only know this from being on the yard as an officer . . . .
Brett: Watching tv was the only thing anyone ever did the whole time I was there and it was the main reason to fight as well one person wanted to watch one thing the other another we had books to that was another big thing to do read and they had made a chess board out of soap to

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Tim: No access. I am not very educated so I didn't read.
Sherri: When I got my own tv then I could watch whatever I wanted in reason. I wasn't allowed before I got down to medical I was in a padded cell with my own shower bc of not able to be let out status. I tried to just keep as busy as I could
Brett: It was very fierce to say the lease and most the time you had very little entertainment other than some one getting mad at some one else and them fighting over the tv chess or a book that was prolly the best entertainment if you were a little or young man you was the entertainment

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Tim: Since they did not feed us the right amounts of food and we rarely went to commissar, I would say no. When I was arrested I was 170 lbs, and when I was released this year I was 135 lbs.
Sherri: I didn't worry about it I was so depressed anyways. I just tried to pass the time honestly. Any way I could.
Brett: Yes you had no physical exercise other than fighting someone who was living with you or maybe once a week go out to a cage Ina box and walk around Ina circle

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?
Tim: We did not get to go outside very often, until we started to call to our family and have them file complaints for us. They had a weight machine and a basketball court. We were not allowed to exercise in our cells, but most of us did anyway.
Sherri: Never went outside I did sit ups push-ups used my bed for leg excerises. I tried to keep as active as I could to let time pass
Brett: If allowed we go out side to a caged looking box that was bout 30ftby20ft for about 40 men and walk around or do whatever you could do in that space

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Tim: There were only two types of services offered. One for Christians, and one for Islamics. Any other religion was denied.
Sherri: I wasn't allowed to go to church. They wouldn't let me out to go anywhere or do anything. ? ?
Brett: They did offer church service but it was few and far between I went to one service in over a month there

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