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Full interview (by category)Interview with Elise, Jack, Justin and Sean
Getting along with other inmates
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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.
Elise: It was easy for me to get along with people. Of course there are the little "clicks" that they have. But generally everyone was pretty nice.
Jack: I didn't think it was very difficult to get along with the other inmates. Most people just watched TV most of the day or played cards or slept. No one got in fights or anything while I was there.
Justin: YES, Racial tension is UNREAL. The Repeat inmates try and do intimidate the smaller weaker ones. Personally i did not have too much trouble but I have been in prision 2 times for a total of 14 years so i know the INMATE code of conduct and respect
Sean: it really testyour limits with other inmates..it feels theres no seperation from descent folks and the worst of the worst...wether it be pshyciatric problems, or cold killers....if your a felon...your a felon...thats it
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Elise: none. you just have to observe and know who is approachable and who isn't. You just kinda know
Jack: I didn't really have to do anything to avoid any problems or fights. Almost all people wanted to do was find a good way to pass the time until they were scheduled to be released. I spent a lot of time just watching TV and sleeping. Most of the other inmates did the same thing.
Justin: Stay to your self, dont disrespect others and avoid the trouble makers but carry your self in a way that demands respect your self. the BULLIES will usual leave u alone if they know u will stand u for your self. But the main issue in Jail or prison is RESPECT
Sean: well, thats a very tough one...its almost impossible to avoid fights if your there long enough..racial issues constantly brew up....people are constantly testing you and in your face..it feels alot more like what you would imagine prison being like..you wouldnt think that would bea county jail..you feel very helpless, gaurds dont listen when you try to announce trouble...
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Elise: No. It was an open dorm
Jack: Tuscaloosa County Jail has open dorms on the side of the jail that's for misdemeanors. Because of this, I did not have a cellmate but I did have a bunk mate. I didn't get to choose him, I just got the first open bunk I saw.
Justin: NO you get whoever the gusrds want to assign to your cell or dorm . They put as many as 5 inmates in a 2 man cells. and up to 50 inmates in a 24 man dorm
Sean: absolutely not. i was in a 6 by 10 room with a man who killed his wife, then chopped her in peices and burnt her...theyre were also two other men in the room.keep in mind these are supposed to be two man cells
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