JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time? Ron: Inmates usually play cards and watch TV. Some work out. In the
annex they had a ping pong table which was awesome (although it
did occasionally lead to inmate fights). Amber: Nothing in psych ward to pass the time. Debra: All different kinds of Churches to attend and go
to or participate in.
Life Skills classes and activities.
Relationships classes and activities.
GED/high school diploma for those of those that
do not have theirs already. I got mine when I
was in there recently. Very useful to have in
life and I am glad I got it.
JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details. Ron: Stuff like ping pong table was almost impossible to get on at times.
If you are playing cards or something there is never a problem
finding a game (although you should be careful who you choose to
play with - some people won't play without gambling and that can
create a lot of tension). Amber: No entertainment at all. Debra: It was not hard or fierce at all. The
Entertainment was recreation time at this jail.
So We got to have entertainment about 3 hours
every day. That basically was about as much
entertainment that we got at this specific jail
and the time was nice and leisurely of course.
JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail? Ron: No, I was probably in the best shape of my life. Inmates are creative
and figured out ways to do cardio in small spaces and even used
water and garbage bags to make weights. (You could get in trouble
for this although usually the guards didn't care) Amber: Not applicable. Debra: No I did not. I worked out, slept, ate meals. I
gained more weight when I left the jail, but I
looked better than when I went in.
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? Ron: If you live in the annex you are either in Jail Industries or work
release meaning pretty much 5 times per week you are leaving the
jail to go do a job. In the main jail you usually got to go out once a
day (weather permitting). If you didn't want to go outside you didn't
have to. Amber: No access to outside in psych ward. Debra: I got to go outside once a day for about 45
minutes. My time that I got outside, I mostly
just walked the cement block.
JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held? Ron: Yeah, mormon and catholic and probably a few more. These
seemed the most popular (actually mormon was more popular by
far because they sent a lot of people to come talk to the inmates). Amber: No church service. Debra: Yes, the jail had church services. Nice volunteer
ladies came in and taught a class and held
services. Many services were taught.