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Full interview (by category)Interview with Jay, Fred, Alice and Patrick
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
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JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jay: No it wasn't hard I mean everybody got something that they don't like about somebody else or somebody might do things that's annoying but I mean their wasn't to much you could do about it if u wad to say something they might take offense and wanna fight or say something smart like "If you don't like it make bond this jail" so to avoid confrontations I just didn't put myself in those type of situations
Fred: On the most part no. I mainly tried to stay to myself and not try to get in others peoples business because that is the quickest way to get into a fight.
Alice: YES. because of the overcrowding and the variety of personalities, many women were also not receiving the medication they needed,it made it difficult to get along with many of the other inmates.
Patrick: I kept my mouth shut nothing more nothing left, I did not discuss my case, my affairs, by busines or anything else, I wanted to get out and never be back.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jay: Like I was saying in the last question I avoided alot of confrontation by not putting myself in a lot of bullshit and by not associating with a lot of people I mean but sometimes you just can't help but to fight cause I mean its just some ignorant people in there who just like drama and you didn't want to make yourself look vulnerable by backing down all the time
Fred: I would mainly just try and stay to myself and watch TV or I would write a letter to my family. Sometimes I would play spades or pluck with the inmates I did associate with. If there was not a card game going I would play chess or play checkers
Alice: it was difficult to avoid the fights, even if i didn't respond it seemed to anger the inmate even more. One inmate with obvious mental problems came at me and pushed me and even spat at me. There was no help from the Co's. over a piece of toilet paper, I had a brush thrown across the room at me.
Patrick: shut up keep your mouth shut and that is the best thing you can do, they have about a fight per month per dorm, which is not really that bad considering all the issues in the jail, and the population within the jail, the close or over population and the fact that most people are violent
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jay: No you could not choose your cellmate the county was the only place I went that had cells the prisons had dorms but in the county you change cellmates a lot or not at all I mean it just depends on if they make bond or go down the road something like that you might get somebody who can't make bond and their court date is far off
Fred: No I wasn't able to pick who I wax in the cell with. My cellmates would change when one cellmate got released or if a cellmate went to lockup for bad behavior
Alice: no I had no choice who my cell mates were. there was one that was consistent, but in the two months I was there, we had about 6 other cell mates who came and went
Patrick: I was in 50 man dorm so just have a 2 or 4 man cell was not an issue, I would have rather been in a smaller cell, but that is the way it is.
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