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Interview with Bee, Anthony and Clarence

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Bee: I didn't find it difficult to get along with other inmates. They knew this was my first time going to county jail so they tried to help me get by. They saw I didn't get any money so they helped me out. They told me what to do so I didn't break the rules.
Anthony: yeah I got removed from the first pod I was in cause i had a confrontation with another inmate and i had myself removed form the pod before a fight happened but little did i know they were gonna take me to segregation for a few days cause the other guy made false claims about me which i had over turned in my hearing and was taken out of seg
Clarence: Not too much - a couple of young gang punks wanted to try to intimidate but again, the trick is to keep to yourself. Try to get a book or watch tv, do anything but get in a conversation with them.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Bee: I never had that problem really. There were a few that wanted to fight just because they said I was pretty but I told them they weren't worth me getting in more trouble and staying here any longer than necessary.
Anthony: i had myself removed from the deck and at other times i just went and spent some time in my cell to let myself calm down to avoid anything happening resulting in me going to seg again or ending up ina fight and possibly getting more charges which would of messed up my probation
Clarence: Only stay to myself. I read, watched tv & anything to keep to myself. You simply try to blend in with others, not trying to cross paths with anyone who is trying to "rule the roost". These type of guys are easy to spot, as they are loud & try to intimidate.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Bee: I knew a few of the people there because Waukegan is so small and the majority of the people are from here. We even knew the police.
Anthony: no your given a celly according to who the classification officers felt fit and i went threw about 15 cellys in the 4 months i was in there some cool some not some my age and kind of like me some a bit older then me and nothing like me but 1 thing is they were always the same race as me
Clarence: No, I wasn't able to choose. I had a new cellmate about once a week. They come and go at all hours, and often in the middle of the night, so your sleep is interrupted often.

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