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Interview with Tom, Sonja, Kurt and Marshall

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tom: I got along just fine. If you mind your own busines stick to yourself you won't get bothered. After a while you might make friends with guys who have common interest, talk about sports or your charges or whatever.
Sonja: I personally have never had an issue with another inmate. But i have seen fights between other girls. The other inmates have always been nice to me and helpful if I needed anything.
Kurt: detention-no problems, no one was rude, workhouse- no problems, i didnt see any fights or really any serious arguments, no one wanted to get into more trouble and do more time
Marshall: Strangely enough I did not find it too terribly difficult to get along in their.. One reason I belive is just the fact that we're all there and nobody wants to be... The other guys you see and interact with everyday actually make the time go by and it's amazing how resilient humans are just in the fact that even in such a dark, demoralizing and all around hell of a place like county jail, after awhile you learn to laugh again and enjoy the little simple things that you grow to depend on to make it through each day..

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tom: I never had that problem over there.
Sonja: If you wanna avoid fights with other inmates, the best thing you could do i think honestly, would be to just keep to yourself for the most part and stay out of the other inmates way. Don't touch there stuff. Shower everyday! Don't take up all the phone time. And don't be loud and annoying.
Kurt: I pretty much kept to myself, I wasnt rude or didnt borrow or ask anything from anyone, i didnt insult or make fun of anyone, i was respectable to everyone, when i first got their i sat at a table with a few native americans and they said this is the native table so i respected that and went to a whit table
Marshall: The biggest issue by far was the use and sharing of the four phones they had in our 60 man quad... Other than that the t.v. remote sometimes caused issues and anything else would generally be petty and quickly moved past. Though I will say when it came to med time there were many a "almost-riot" over who was in line first....

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tom: I don't know about Hennepin but at other places I heard you could do that.
Sonja: In Hennepin county, the female unit that i was in didn't have cells. There's general population where it's all open and you share bunkbeads. And I was in long term where it's also completely open with 14 beds but each girl had there own bed.
Kurt: in the workhouse we were in a cell by ourselves, their wasnt room for more than one person to a cell, in detion thier were about a dozen of us in a room
Marshall: No. My first celly was an illegal Honduran who spoke very little English, but luckily was my same age so we somehow somewhat connected without to much verbal communication. After he left I proceeded to get 9 cellys in one month. THAT. was hell... the new guys not knowing your routines, the sleep snoring and the flatulence... my God!!!

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