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Interview with Toby, J. Friday, Jeremy, Keith, Lisa, Jenny, Brian, Alicia and Darryl

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Toby: yes. this is the most difficult thing about jail. one can easily be bullied and intimidated. lots of racial tension. i was much older than most of the other inmates.
J. Friday: No, not at all.
Jeremy: Not at all.
Keith: Sometimes.
Lisa: No.
Jenny: I seemed to get along with everyone. It was a small dorm that we were in. It held about 15 inmates. There was just a open room. Bed, dinner table, toilets,TV, and shower were all in this room.
Brian: It wasn't playtime,get real please.
Alicia: No, not really most of the girls were just like me in alot of ways, just everyday people that had made a bad choice and got cought.You had the ones that would act out and try thr tough act but they never lasted long and would be moved right away.
Darryl: I did ok in county jail.i always have.mainly I guess because I will fight if I have to.lots of guys let others run over them and sh oi wing weakness is the worst thing you can do in jail

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Toby: I stayed out of their way, didnt interact with them. stayed on my bed and read.
J. Friday: Respect other peoples space is probebly the main thing. In jail, you only have so much of it. People like to sit in certain places when they eat, or others dont like any one else on their beds. Dont argue about the tv and understand that people get real loud when they play cards.
Jeremy: Just respected the other inmates.
Keith: Just let it go and they are such babies..
Lisa: Keep to myself and my opinions as well.
Jenny: Nothing really. If you got in a fight they moved the people till they could invesitgate what happened. Usually someone got moved.
Brian: are you really that dumb to ask this,commisary and TV are the hot topics.
Alicia: The jail offered different classes each and everyday like,ajusting to the outside again, GED,parenting,how to find work after your out. For the most part i would just keep to myself read and play games with others and watch TV. In one of the areas i was in we were able to spend alot of time out side which made it nicer..
Darryl: To avoid orobkems in jail I just mind my own busines dont bither anyne,show respect to others but also demand respect.if you show weekness its like their sharks attracted to blood and then you have real trouble on your hands.dont look for trouble but dont back down from it either

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Toby: no, we were placed according to the types of crimes we were charged with.
J. Friday: This question doesnt make sence?
Keith: No.
Lisa: Yes.
Jenny: No. It was all dorms that held a certain amount of people. Kinda like in some prisons.
Brian: I would have chosen the Easter bunny for a celly.I was fortunate enough to have a max cell with 5 other Irishmen and we got along fine.
Alicia: No never,most of the jail was made up of what they called open pods, in these there would be up to like 75 girls per area,four to five girls in each room.There were the other types of cells as well that held 2 to three girls most of those cells were housed with the long term or one's thats court dates were way out in the year, also the more problem girls.
Darryl: No choosing cellmates.they throw 40 of you in their together and thats it.we had six sleeping areas and not many people got out.the section I was in was f oi r violent criminals and nit many made bind

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