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Full interview (by category)Interview with Jack, Jerry, Sarah, Jesse, Kristie, Tim and Judith
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.
Jack: No, only when they came in out of control and out into the holding cell to make bond or dress out....
Sarah: Just one, whom attacked me from behind. She was put in the hole.
Jesse: No I felt bad for them, one girl had there for freezing in a holding cell for over three days. no shower no clothes, officer R. Tieu has a rep. for being mean and unkind, they were afraid of him, if you talked to him you would not get a sandwich.
Kristie: Mostly I just stayed to myself. I saw a lot of mental illness in there and didn't want to have any problems. I had one bulimic cellie that I had originally gotten along with. She had driven drunk and severely injured a group of disabled adults at 9 in the morning. One day she started laughing at the "retards" and said she probably did them a favor. That combined with bulimia forced me to beg for a cell change.. DON'T EVER DO THAT. I'm sure to teach me a lesson they put me in with a older black woman that had been there for 5 years waiting on a trial for stabbing her husband in the throat while he slept. This woman would wash EVERYTHING in the cell in the toilet. I'm a germaphobe and this really bothered me. She had ideas on how I was supposed to live and I was expected to follow them. After about a week of wondering if I wasn't going to wake up in the morning the guards finally showed some mercy and moved me to the medical pod.
Tim: I am white. You can not get along with the non-whites that only want you dead or crippled. In my 15 years in prisons in 2 states I have had my nose broken several times, I have had my ribs broken I have had my teeth kicked out all for being white and in 2 cases it was because I could read. I had one non-white try to set my bed on fire because I am white.
Judith: I only had one run-in with a bunk mate,and it was something stupid that she blew up about.I had said something about her girlfriend not showing up for visitation and she freaked out on me.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jack: Keep to your self and not talk about what people were there for.
Jerry: stay to yourself and not be an idiot when another inmate was acting stupid and trying to start a fight.
Sarah: I avoided a lot od female drama and bs on a daily basis.
Jesse: Nothing they were all afraid of officer R.Tieu they all wanted to eat.
Kristie: I had to let an old lady wash everything in our cell in the filthy toilet. I also had to deal with a bi-polar bulimic eating all my canteen and then throwing it up (with my own gag reflex twerking from the sound and smell). The bi-polar bulimic also had a negative attitude and it took everything in me to not lash out and tell her how the real world works.
Tim: You can not avoid fights. Not ever. you suck dick, get ass fucked or fight. I chose to fight and was penalized for not being some niggers pet bitch. I had my skull fractured with a lock hooked to a belt and the nigger cops threw me in the hole then transfered me because it kept the niggers happy.
Judith: You had to share cleaning responsibilities,and they gave you your own key to your cell so the only people that could come into your cell was you and your bunk mate, which cut down on people stealing what you got at store call.They also had multiple t.v.s so no fights over that.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jesse: If I saw them again
Kristie: They specifically would not let you have a friend as a cellmate allegedly to prevent homosexual relationships. They still occurred and the girls that had guards as friends pretty much got to live with whoever they wanted.
Tim: Of course not. No white person gets to do that and more often then not it was fight or die after the doors were closed. You learn not to sleep much or often and to react to every movement.
Judith: My cell mates changed about twice a week. There was the last two weeks I was there,that I met a girl that I got along with and since we were both there for a while, they let us share a cell together.
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