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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

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.

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