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Interview with Roxie and Jaime

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Roxie: Of course, family, spiritual and attorney visits helped pass the time; along with phone calls and writing letters. There were some books, but not many, that came around on a cart. There was one TV for the cell unit. There was minimal exercise equipment in the unit. And there were religious services and AA/NA that came outside our cells.
Jaime: GED class, a couple woman from a church that brang bibles and would pray with people through the food flap, an occasional aa meeting, limited library book selection. Visiting if you have local friends or family who can come visit. There wasnt a whole lot of recreactional activities, most time was spent in the pod.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Roxie: No, in our cell everyone was pretty cooperative when it came to sharing the TV and exercise equipment. I tended to go along with what others wanted to watch, as I preferred to read. We tended to share books with one another, as well. I believe I was very fortunate.
Jaime: What entertainment? There was a tv bolted high up on the wall but it was super hard to hear. If someone had a magazine subscription sent in to them, generally they would pass the old issues around when they were done with them, same with newspapers. We basically entertained ourselves.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Roxie: Yes, there was very little time available to walk outside - about 45 minutes a day, I believe. There was one small exercise-type equipment, for pull-ups. Nothing to place on the floor to exercise on.
Jaime: A little bit, but not too bad, i paced a lot and stretched and did some situps, pushups and crunches

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?
Roxie: We were only allowed outside once a day, at 7:45 in the morning, I believe. There wasn't much to do out there, but you had to stay walking around the small enclosed yard.
Jaime: No we did not have access to the outdoors. I was in an open pod most of my time in county jail so i walked/paced a lot

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Roxie: Once a week, a ministry team would come and hold a small service directly outside of our tank. This was very effective for me, as this was when I gave my life to the Lord (in 1998), and literally saved my life.
Jaime: There were 2 church ladies who came almost every sunday and would talk to whoever wanted, and gave out bibles and tracts

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