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Interview with Sarah, Sandra and Lyle

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Sarah: gym
Sandra: Only reading books and watching TV was available.
Lyle: There was a book cart that came around, and one could order cards from commissary, Outdoor rec was only offered to people in certain Pods, or people already convicted, and sentenced to that facility. There was no weight room available, working out was not allowed, but people did do it in their cells.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Sarah: two tv never really a problem
Sandra: I had regular access to the TV but I had to choose when the programs most important to me could be viewed. For example, if something was on early morning I had to make sure the pod was cleaned by myself. I had to do all the work. Or I had to watch whatever.
Lyle: There usually was only one television, which was in control of the guards, and was turned off at their whim, or our volume. If a guy didn't have his own, or friends, basically, he wouldn't get anything for free. Trading food stuffs, or canteen, was a way to get what you want.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Sarah: no
Sandra: no, I didnt stay in shape. I never exercise. There weren't any facilities any way. So I just ate proper
Lyle: Yes, because It is easy to get despondent, and lazy. The food served was very starchy, and not incredibly tasty.

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?
Sarah: never
Sandra: I was never allowed outside. I could only do exercise using my body and gravity if I was so inclined. I wasn't inclined at all
Lyle: I did not get to go outside, others did, they could play baketball. But many just stand around and stare at the sky. I did not exercise.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Sarah: yes never went
Sandra: I do believe I could have gone to services but I never did. I wasn't in the mood at that time
Lyle: Yes, usually a pastor would just come around handing out flyers, but I believe there were services for long term inmates.

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