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Interview with Blake, Tyra, Greg and Eric

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Blake: I personally never had a problem getting along with other inmates.
Tyra: No. However, in the holding cell, an inmate brought in heroin and proceeded to snort it as officer after officer after officer walked by.
Greg: Not really, Beyond the Drunk tank after my initial arrest everyone was mostly decent. A few people had attitudes but they were easy enough to avoid and the Guards kept them in line.
Eric: I did and I didnt. As in the outside world there is people you like and people you dont. There are different variables in jail though because you are in a different mood and not happy in general. I found people who I was able to get along with, but those who were loud or glorified there life of crime rubbed me the wrong way.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Blake: To avoid fight, I had to learn, sometimes the hard way, what inmates had "Bad ass" attitudes. Then I would just not socializes with them, or avoid any run ins.
Tyra: nothing really.
Greg: Stay out of other people's business, Avoid going near or talking to people who were having attitude with other inmates or trying to stare you down. Tried to be nice to everyone else and they mostly treated me the same. A few people tried to act like they were going to start a fight but nothing came of it.
Eric: I did not have many issues with that. Your attitude and how you carry yourself can make or break the situations you find yourself in. I never talked to much, but I did not present myself as scared or weak in anyway. I was always truthful and real, and my intelligence was apparent to other inmates, so I had no issues.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Blake: no.
Tyra: not really
Greg: No, We were in Barracks with a large group of other inmates. People would come and go from the barracks going in and out to different Work Details all the time so it was usually pretty crowded.
Eric: No I was not, but I did see inmates who had been there for longer than me be able to choose bunkmates, I never was in a sell as all the housing I was in was bunkliving.

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