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Interview with Brittany and Jordan

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Brittany: No, it wasn't hard to get along. I pretty much stayed to myself. I even had an inmate next to me who lost her commissary and she went through my room looking for it. So I just let her do it, and didn't make a big deal of it.
Jordan: No, cause I stayed to myself like I thought I would do and did not talk to anyone or make unwarranted eye contact with other inmates. I just kept to my own business and looked down and tried to make myself hidden

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Brittany: I figured out which inmates stayed out of trouble and hung out with them.
Jordan: Keep calm, no eye contact, no sudden movement, no hostile facial reaction and no gestures . I wanted to lay low and not give them a reason to start something . It worked cause nobody really interacted with me or gave me problems. Not that hard to avoid drama .

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Brittany: In intake I had a cellmate I didn't get to choose. When I went to the pods, I was in a single room, as was everybody else.
Jordan: I was not able to choose but I would have liked to do that. My cellmate was there but I did not have a say in picking one. The cellmate changed three times when there

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