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Interview with Jorge, Jeannette and Larry

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jorge: I found it most difficult to get along with young inmates who were trying to be tough.
Jeannette: Me and my cell mate got along fine, but other than her i didnt talk to anyone i was the youngest person in there and i stayed in my cell for 5 days
Larry: No not really I was lucky to meet the guys I did in the beginning of my sentence they were loyal and we would watch out for each other to make sure nobody messed with or took advantage of any of us

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jorge: Staying to myself. There are a lot of fights due to gang involvement on the outside and racial conflict. I was never involved with a gang so that kept me out of a lot of it.
Jeannette: i didnt know of any fights in the womens cells while i was in there but personally i just sat in my cell or slept, on day 3 or 4 the deouty actuallly had to be sure i was alive these word minimums kinda suck really really really really bad
Larry: It depended on the situation but sometimes you have to look the other way because the opposing force outnumbered you so much that it was at times better to be concerned about your own life then to get involved in things that didnt have anything to do with you in the first place

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jorge: A few times, but that was a rare privilege. It only happened if the officer was cool with it and if there was an open cell.
Jeannette: no i wasnt we came up in a group of 3 and they put me and anohter women together because the 3rd was in for a violent charge so she was alnoe and never
Larry: Yes after a couple months I was able to have one of my very good friends become my cell mate but that only lasted untill he was sentenced and sent to a prison

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