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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.
Ralph: some times, there were times where the inmates were loud and stayed up all night but over all it wasnt to bad
Rachel: When I went to county the inmates were extremely friendly with me. I tend to get along with all walks of life.I'm a bit niaive and found out that people will befriend you to use you, discovered that really quick. If youretoo friendly they will take advantage of you for your commisory.
Fred: at times it can be difficult with other inmates because everyone is different and have there own needs and wants. Some can be extremely selfish and difficult because they either dont care or just put up a front just to look cool or tough.
Craig: That depended mainly upon me. If you treat a person with respect, then whether they like you or not they normally respond in kind. Thats been my experience with it.
Joe: I didn't have any problems getting along with anyone, but I mainly kept to myself. Depending on your classification is were you will wind up at. If you get into D-pod, you will be amongst people who are problems. C-pod is for the least problem inmates.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ralph: had to just keep to myself and or just ignore other inmates
Rachel: I pretty much got along with everyone. One girl tried to be my friend so she could mooch off of me but caught on and just avoided her. I don't judge or try to start fights and just try to beniceto everyone. It wasn't a bad experience, the inmates for the most part were pretty decent to me.
Fred: really what happened is that you make some friends keep to yourself and there shouldn't be any problems. you make just enough friends to talk to play cards with or whatever games they have in the county jail. Just dont start anything with anyone be cool but also definitely stand your ground when push comes to shove.
Craig: All I had to do was treat people with respect and be myself. It can be pretty easy to have a bad day when you're crammed like cattle into wherever they can fit ya, with real world stressors on their minds. Will they lose jobs, homes, families, time? It can be even worse if someone is innocent, or has been set-up or rail- roaded.
Joe: Common sense things like washing your hands. Bathing on a regular basis so you don't smell. Keeping your cave clean. No urinating while standing at sit down toilets. No garbage picking. Not following the guards orders to shut up or listen when the guards were talking. I seen several people get into fights because of stealing.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Rachel: At city jail I wasn't able to choose who i was in a cell with, hence the 2 crackheads! In Denver county, it was one big dorm with a bunch of bunk beds. Even though I had a felony, they put me in misdemeanors.
Fred: no not at all, actually i was never in a cell persay but rather in a dorm room setting much like the armed forces. I believe it was because it was minimum security.
Craig: I didn't have a cell. Cells were mainly reserved for the problem inmates. I was put in a cell once because a guard was a straight ass to me because I WOKE HIM UP. I reported him and was severley mistreated afterwards, including being denied access to the law library among other things.
Joe: Depending on the guard and when beds opened up, you may be able to change your bunk location. I saw this happen numerous times, but like I said it depends which guard is on duty. One guard might not let you do it, but then his replacement will.
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