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Interview with Ryan and Angel

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ryan: Yeah. I had dreads before I went in. They told me my hair had to go away or I would go into the box. I was told I was their property. They put me in the box for 3 days for not wanting to cut my hair. On the third day I went crazy in there. It was a small box and you have to stay in there 23 hours/ day.
Angel: Yes most inmates were loud and aggressive I stayed to myself most of the time

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ryan: Just stay to yourself. I had two homeboys that were also doing time. Stay with your homeboys. I would hang with them and play checkers with them. I went back to the unit with my hair cut so people didn't recognize with me. Don't try to make friends in there. No eye contact.
Angel: Stay to myself avoid arguments

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ryan: No I didn't get to choose who I shared a cell with. I was assigned to cell 7. My cell mate became a good friend over the 15 days I was there. I respected the cell because it was his cell first.
Angel: No we were assigned cell mates

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