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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.
Tyrone: This was my very first experience being admitted into a jail. I was placed into a dormitory-style jail that accomodated 30 inmates, and it was full. There were no issues that I recall with the other inmates. I was 48 years old at the time, and that gave me OG status. (OG actually stands for ORIGINAL GANGSTER and is a tag put onto older inmates) That status alone meant I was "off limits" to the younger inmates who may have had "something to prove" while in house. Actually, I made several acquaintences there that lasted past the jail stay.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tyrone: I basically just kept to myself by hanging with the other non-affiliated (with gangs) OGs/ We played cards, watched television and conversed about our individual cases. I was "taught" to simply not make much eye contact with those who were obviously involved in the politics of the jailhouse gangs. I followed that advice and it worked, for the most part anyway.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tyrone: I was never offered that opportunity, but I knew of others who were friends on the outside and they would request being cellmates and were granted that luxury. I had several cellmates come and go during my stay...I would guess five. These were ones who were awaiting their transportation to the state penitentiary. They would arrive and then leave within five days or so, so for the most part, I was alone in my cell.
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