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Full interview (by category)Interview with Harry, Qtip, Hanna, DoneMyTime, Linda, Missy, Josh, Alex, Chrissy, Gary, Greg, Charlie, Melissa, Harley, Billy and Jimmy
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Harry: Once I was admitted to population you are brought to a room where you are "dressed out" and given your jail clothes. You are with a group of same sex inmates, and asked to strip down and you are given your jail clothes. Basically Jail socks and boxers, a pull-over shirt and pants and rubber sandals. Once you are dressed out, you are taken to the pod that everyone goes to first, here is called "M" pod. Once you enter in the pod, your are immediately checked out by the other 50-75 inmates residing in that pod. Some give your dirty looks; some acknowledge you with a "nod." I personally am a pretty big guy so I was not very worried. You find an empty bunk and place sleeping mat, sheet, blanket, toothbrush and soap there and try to get comfortable. Bottom bunks are first to go, as those are the ones that most of the inmates that have been there longest get. Then once one person leaves that pod, the next person waiting for a bottom bunk gets it. If you try to steal a bottom bunk, you will start a fight. Other than that, you mind your own business and no one will mess with you.
Qtip: Nope Everyone Just Chilled With Everybody
Hanna: No, Some females would test you and there would be plenty of verbal arguments but as long as you tried to hold your own you were fine.
DoneMyTime: Not always
Linda: The 100+ DAYS WERE VERY DIFFICULT. YOU HAVE ALL THESE HORMONS IN ONE BIG ROOM.I DID MOST OF MY TIME PRAYING AND SLEEPING.IIN JAIL YOU HAVE ALL THESE YOUNG/OLD HEADS NOT KNOWING WHEN TO SIT THEIR TIRED ASS DOWN. I WENT OFF TWICE. I THINK. ONE TIME IT WAS BECAUSE THIS NASTY PERSON STOLE MY PANTIES.ONE OTHER TIME WAS WHEN THIS THIS LADY WOULD CAUSE TURMOIL AND SIT BACK AND WATCH OTHERS FIGHT.I SPOKE UP BECAUSE SHE WAS A SHIT STARTER.
Missy: SOME YES BUT NOT ALL OF THEM WERE TOTAL BITCHES.SOME WERE REALLY NICE GIRLS JUST ANGRY ABOUT THEY'RE SITUATION.
Josh: Occassionally. I kept quit and tried to make time pass as easily as possible. The problem is the noise and the lack of privacy. Shouting is constant. The lights are always on, even at night.
Alex: Some of the fellow inmates were clowns. Some were very nice. However, I did not encounter anyone hostile. I had an easy time dealing with the people I was around.
Chrissy: NO I DIDNT EVERY ONE ALL WORKED TOGETHER WE ALL TRIED TO GET OUT
Gary: I get along with anybody till they cross the line. most of them i know from the outside anyways.
Charlie: No, I tended to stay to myself and stay out of everyone else's business for the most part. Some of the inmates were very violent and I did not want to add more charges onto what I was already being charged with, as some people there had already been sentenced and were just serving their time.
Melissa: I did not find it hard to get along with any of the other inmates. I did talk to the other inmates and we laughed and enjoyed each others company. If an inmate asked me why I was there, I would tell them and sometimes I asked them why they were there, too. There is not much to do and you will sit for hours in the pit. I sat there for 12 hours so, most people were talkative and talking about their charges and topics not related to their charges. If you want to sit and sleep or not talk, no one will bother you. It is noisy, very cold, and the chairs are uncomfortable in the pit. I found it difficult to sleep at all. Especially when the television was blaring.
Harley: yes i did i hade too stay too myself...it was fight everywhere its was cold the bed was hard . people was takin others store and other.. there was people playin cards and other games
Billy: YES BUT I TALKIN TOO PEOPLE I KNOW AND STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE I DIDNT KNOW MOST PEOPLE IN THE JAIL LIKE TOO PLAY AND FIGHT I WAS NOT WIT THAT AT ALL.
Jimmy: yes yes yes more fight s like crazy i stayed too myself read, and sleep all day long thats all i did nothin too do in jail but saty out
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Harry: Do not try to use the phone before someone else. Do not try to get food before someone else. Basically do not disrespect anyone that's been there longer than you or is bigger than you.
Qtip: Card Games
Hanna: walk away, I really didn't want to pick up anymore charges.
DoneMyTime: Read the bible, play cards, exercise
Linda: SLEEP,PLAYED CARDS, PRAYER GROUPS,SKITS AND WROTE MY FAMILY.
Missy: I MEAN REALLY NO ONE WOULD TRY TO FIGHT YOU FOR NO REASON UNLESS YOU ARE JUST ALL IN OTHER PEOPLES BUSINESS OR JUST GOING AROUND TALKING ABOUT OTHERS OR JUDGING PEOPLE.
Josh: Sleep and read. I tried to read the newspaper and I had books shipped to me. I also tried to exercise and pass as much time as possible.
Alex: Don't say anything stupid and, in general, be nice. However, be sure to stand up for yourself when needed. If somebody tells you to do something and suddenly, it's seen you can be even somewhat of a pushover, that's when you can start to expect hell.
Gary: Nothing really just read books.
Greg: didnt talk
Charlie: To avoid all the conflicts that occurred with people, I stayed quiet, to myself, and around my area. I rarely ever went by other people's area and if I did it was only for a short period of time. I preferred to stay around where my bunk was so nothing would get stolen also.
Melissa: I'm not a confrontational person, I am thin, and the thought of anyone fighting me never even crossed my mind once I entered jail. Jail is not as scary as it can be portrayed on television. I did however witness a fight once I entered general population. An 18 year old woman was in withdrawal of her HIV medication. She said she was born with HIV because, her mother had the disease. She became randomly upset and accused another inmate of talking about her behind her back. The inmate she went after was in her bunk and laid on her stomach and covered her head with her hands. After the girl punched the other inmate several times, she went down the steps in our pod and punched an older woman in her 50's several times in the face (drawing blood) for pushing a button near the pod entrance which alerted the guards. I literally was within 3 feet of her right before she attacked the the first inmate. I just got up and walked away. Apparently no one likes anyone talking about them or a snitch. And this girl was withdrawing from her medication which is what I believe provoked the attack. The sudden change in her behavior was very random.
Harley: stay too myself , eat long make sure i stayed out the way the the officers that worked there if someone was tryin too fight me... ... people was fight for nothing tryin too find out who was the man... so i just stay too myself all the time.... good
Billy: READ BOOKS , LOOK AT TV SLEEP IN MY ROOM ALL DAY STAY AWAY FROM FIGHT PEOPLE WHO LIKE TOO START FIGHT , I DIDNT PLAY CARDS OR NOTHING LIKE THAT GAMES STARTS FIGHT TOO SOMETIMES LOOKIN AT TV MIGHT GET U INTO A FIGHT U HAVE TOO STAY TO YOURSELF
Jimmy: read a book stay away from fight stay in your your keep your head up . do what the people tell u too do dont make any friends at all stay to yourself all the time , and pray that u get out real soon thats what i did stay away
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Harry: No, you find the first available bunk and you share that bunk with another inmate.
Hanna: No, you got assigned to whatever bunk was open at the time.
Linda: CHOOSE LIKE WHAT? THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHOM I HELD CONVERSATIONS WITH.
Missy: WHAT DO YOU MEAN CHOOSE AN INMATE?
Alex: No. They placed me in a cell with an elderly Hispanic man. I've ever seen somebody who could spend so many hours each day asleep.
Charlie: No, the other inmate that you had to share a cell with, was determined by the jail. If you tried to move without notifying the guards of a reasonable reason to change, then you would tend to lose certain privileges or get moved into solitary if you did not comply.
Melissa: I was placed in a pod with a few of the female inmates I had met in the pit. There obviously were other women already in the pod. I went to my assigned bed and set it up. New inmates get the lower bunk. I heard all females are placed in this pod who first enter jail for up to a week. I was released within two hours of entering general population (being placed in the pod), so this is all of the information I can provide.
Harley: no i cant choose .. they choose for u sometimes u already have a person in the room before u get there so know u cant choose sorry about that
Billy: NO YOU DONT PICK YOUR ROOMATE THEY GIVE U WHO THEY WANT TOO HAVE IN A ROOM WITH EACH OTHER , I HAD A NEW ROOMATE EVERY WEEK THATS HOW IT WAS
Jimmy: no way theyput u in a room i had a new roomate every week just about . thats was not kool too me at all didnt like that at all
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