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Interview with Ryan

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ryan: Not at first. I tried to mainly blend in. I would try to play cards spades, cribbage and rummy 500. It was hard to see everyone just acting so hostile. I am gay and pretty tolerant but at many times felt afraid of how people would talk or act or say they would do to a gay guy.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ryan: I would just stay busy reading or playing cards with people I knew where safe. Sometimes I would just stay in my bunk and just avoid interaction with anyone. I would go to church or rec to try and stay busy

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ryan: NO

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