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Interview with Jessica, Joe Smith, Rod, Ben and Jade

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jessica: NO. I WAS IN ANOTHER AREA OF THE JAIL, KIND OF AWAY FROM OTHER INMATES. THERE WAS ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON BY ME. I WAS IN THIS SPECIAL AREA BECAUSE OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES IN THE PAST AND THEY WANTED TO MONITOR ME. THE OTHER INMATE WITH ME WAS GREAT. WE GOT ALONG WELL.
Joe Smith: Sometimes simply because some were way to loud and never shut up.
Rod: no, there was times they would not even let us out of our rooms to associate with other inmates. I was there for a week.Officers would sit in their area and watch movies or laugh and chat with other officers
Ben: Actually i got along very well with other inmates, not only the two different cell mates I had but also other inmates in the unit and inmates that were going to court with me
Jade: Yes I did, there are people from all sorts of walks of life and having commited a wide range of crimes. Some had mental illeness and others were addicts , while some were just angry.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jessica: I REALLY DID NOT LOOK ANYONE IN THE EYE. I DID NOT START CONVERSATIONS WITH ANYONE. I DID NOT AGREE NOR DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THEM. I KEPT TO MYSELF.
Joe Smith: Just mind your own business for the most part.
Rod: walking when there was a officer doing the right thing and would let us walk, played cards, talked about our case and and how disappointed one was
Ben: I did not end up getting into any problems but the biggest thing I feel like is respect. Minding your own business and giving respect is huge. I got along with inmates from other races so staying within my race was not really needed. I felt like being nosey would be an issue and could have caused probelms
Jade: Stayed to my self and did not get involded with clicks. Did not share my food or my story. I was corgial, but stayed around mainly the trustes, becouse they weere notthe trouble makers. It was a hard time to stay civil when every one is angry, hut\rting or scared.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jessica: YES. MY FRIEND AND I GOT INTO THIS TROUBLE TOGETHER AND SHE WAS THE ONE WHO ACTUALLY GOT TO STAY WITH ME IN THE SPECIAL AREA. IT WAS A GREAT COMFORT TO ME TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOMEONE THERE. IT TOOK SOME OF THE FEAR AWAY.
Joe Smith: I don't believe so. I wasn't from the area so I didn't know anyone there.
Rod: no and did not expect that
Ben: No you were not allowed to choose who you wanted as your cell mate. however if you felt a fight was going to arrise you could bring it to the guard attention. I got a new cell mate every day.
Jade: tHE CELLS MATES CHANGE BASED UPON WHO GETS RELEASED OR GOES TO SEGRAGATION. EVERYONE IS GIVEN A CELL MATE BASED UPON THE GUARDS. vERY SELDON CAN YOU CHOOSE, THATS ONLY IF YOU HAVE A COOL GUARD.

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