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Interview with mitchell, Stewart, Adam, Jeffrey, Brent and Daryll

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
mitchell: no not really i stayed to my self and just tried to get along with everyone i didn't try to click up with anyone we all just tried to make the best of it
Stewart: I did not find it difficult however there was quite a bit of racial tension and there were several inmates in there that clearly had mental issues. it was extremely difficult to use a phone and there was a total lack of supervision by the staff
Adam: For the most part getting along with the other inmates was relatively easy but you learn to shrug off things and not get into the arguments with the other guys when they are being out of hand or unrully
Jeffrey: I got along fine but there were fights breaking out over nasty bag lunches and not adequate room to sit and it was hot and smelly and tension was high. im fairly large so they did not bother with me
Brent: any time you are jam packed in a holding cell with no air, no place to sit, no working toilet it is going to be very difficult for people to get along because of tension
Daryll: I just kept to myself as best I could but there was not enough seats to accommodate every one so tension was running very high and every one was tired and hungry so there were some arguments and 1 fight in there but I was not involved

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
mitchell: kept to myself n when someone was moody just let them be
Stewart: me personally I just kept to myself and tried to find a lot of reading material so that I could occupy my time that way and since there was no library available I did trade a lot of meals for different things to read. also, I tried to use the phone as early as possible because most everyone slept all morning
Adam: You have to avoid being irritated the most.. And to me most of it has to do with the officers in the dorms. in my dorm there was 55-60 guys with one officer in the dorm. The rules and regulations are for the most part are at the officers wants and when they all have different rules most of the guys get irritated...yell do whatever and the our privaledges get taken away..
Jeffrey: I just kept to myself, did not talk to too many inmates and spent a lot of time reading and whenever possible I stayed in view of the c/os that were outside the unit and I did not go into or near the blind spots in various places on the housing unit
Brent: the usual things. not talk to any one, avoid eye contact, mind my own business, keep my back to a wall. im a relatively big guy so I don't really think anyone really wanted to mess with me but I just really kept to myself and did a lot of reading
Daryll: really just keep to myself, avoid eye contact and not get in to any ones business. I spent a lot of time reading and talking to the few inmates I knew were not looking for any type of problems, I did my push ups and stayed to myself mostly in my cell

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
mitchell: what do you mean choose it was like 70 women in one room
Stewart: was not able to choose a cellmate and they sometimes stayed a few weeks or sometimes bonded out quickly. there was one young man I remember he made a large commissary purchase and when he went to the gate to get his tray of food at dinner someone went into the cell and stole everything because we could not lock our doors because the staff did not want to be bothered to hit a button to open them
Adam: Everyone in the dorm area in the jail is assigned a bunch befor you get there. So where ever you are place you are placed. I guess the computers do that
Jeffrey: no, we were not permitted to choose who our cell mate was and the turn over was sometimes relatively high so even if you got a cell mate you could get along with it would not be long before he bailed out or was transferred to another unit
Brent: no, there was not an opportunity to pick your cell mate. you weren't really assigned a cell but it was really crowded in there most the time but if a cell had an empty spot and you would rather be in with that person you could move because cells were not assigned
Daryll: there were no assigned cells so when you first got put on the block you would look for a cell with an empty bunk with a person that you thought initially you might be able to get along with and move in there

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