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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.
Scott: Their is segregation inside the cell houses between various gang factions but I found you weren't preyed upon unless you looked vulnerable. I played dominoes and cards to get along.
Michael: The Bull pin that i was put in at first until they could assign a cell was crowded, dirty, and the toilet was overflowing. I could only find room to sit on the floor for 2-3 hrs. waiting to be processed. I had sat on a concrete seating area for awhile then a belligerent inmate who was probably drunk said that was his seating area and started making a scene, so i didn't want to argue and found a small space on the floor to sit and actually lay down/stretch out. Once processed i was put in solitary by myself for 2 days, then a single cell opened upstairs for the remainder of my sentence.
Bruce: it was easy at time but there were people who wanted to fight and gamble most of the fights were over if you owed them somthing for gambling so i stayed out of it
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Scott: Respect the seating arrangement because Hispanics and Blacks usually eat together. Be respectful of others TV viewing habits because their is only one TV within each cell pod which houses about 24 inmates. Get along by learning to play cards or Chess and don't talk so much. Go sit in your cell and sleep or read a book.
Michael: I had to remain calm while in the bull-pin because of the inmate mentioned above and the obvious issues of stress from an overcrowded bull-pin. Once upstairs in my own cell i was fine. I did see two inmates who started fighting a little bit after one threw a cup of water on the other in the common area of our pod. I wasn't near it and it ended quickly with the one who started it being moved to a private cell.
Bruce: i would have to give thing to them or pay them or let them use my phone card because every deck has a pod boss and if you are not liked or or not a big guy you will end up in some way having to pay up to the pod boss
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Scott: No, your unable to choose inmates but you can request a job in same area as one of your buddies. If you have a job in the kitchen area or deliver the food trays they house them together. I was put in a cell pod with 23 other individuals I didn't know. if you get housed with a friend it's only by pure luck. In addition, the ID bracelets gives an indication of your crime class and how was an accesory with your crime. So no, it's almost impossible.
Michael: I was alone in my cell, and everyone else in the pod area was alone as they were single person cells i guess. I did have to be in the bullpen with about 10-15 other people awaiting to get a cell for about 3 hours in the beginning.
Bruce: no you don't the just classify you and send you on to your pod im not shur on how many times you can move cells i just know once you get a cellmate they stay unless the get a job
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