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Full interview (by category)Interview with Karl, Lisa, Zach, Kelly and Jeff
Getting along with other inmates
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JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Lisa: no, everyone was understanding of my circumstances, and I understood them
Zach: well some inmates it was easy to get along with and some not so much. some people was loud while you try to sleep all the way to some not showering little things just get to ya in there
Kelly: no the inmates were very easy to get along with they respected other people inmates just tried to do what they had to do to gat out of the jail.
Jeff: Yes and no. It really just depended on the person but when everyone is just as frustrated as you are things can go escalate quickly between two individuals and even end up in violence.
Kelly: It was really hard at times but I tried to stay to myself and not get involved in the drama. I got into an argument one time with a girl because of her being so loud and disrespectful acting as if she owned the cell.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Karl: be ya self. dont go looking for trouble
Lisa: you have to be respectful of everyone around you, no matter what, because there are many personalities to deal with. And if everyone is respectful, then problems do not arise.
Zach: well there was a lot of me time meaning laying in my bed and getting into a good book. I would try to just block it out of my mind like I wasn't there also you have to pick your friends very carefuly and not have many at all .
Kelly: there were not a lot of problems in the jail with fighting like I said the inmates were respectful to one another as long as you respected people they would give you the respect back the thirty days that I was there I did not see a fight or an argument.
Jeff: The most helpful thing I found to do was to just avoid as many people as you can and try to mind your own business. I also liked to read and play games to pass the time but sometimes even games can end in violence when someone loses and doesn't like that idea.
Kelly: I had to really practice patience and bite my tongue a lot. I stayed in my bunk most of the time reading and minding my own business. I didnt ask anybody for anything nor did I do any kind of trading. I basically tried to go with the flow and be accepting of my situation.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Zach: no you don't get to pick your cell mate one day you could be housed with a drunk the next a robber. and the cell changes over a lot people getting out and people going to prison.
Kelly: we were not able to pick our cell mates I was in with about 12 other other girls and the cell mates did not change that often because there were so many of us
Jeff: No because based on the degree of my charge and it being violent I was in a single cell. But based on what I think I know it is not an option to pick a cellmate.
Kelly: No you cant pick your cell mate. You are classified into levels and your with people of the same classification. You could get a new cellmate anytime people were always coming and going.
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