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Full interview (by category)Interview with Randy, Will and Cynthia
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
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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.
Randy: In general population I just shut up so I don't know. Eventually I went to the work release program and it was fine there. I actually met cool people. Definitely no racial problems or gang stuff in work release.
Will: I never found it difficult to get along with the other inmates, I simply found it difficult to be around them. People are people wherever you are, the only difference in jail is that you do not get to choose who you are forced to associate with. You are simply thrown into a closed environmnet with people you may not find yourself compatible with. The best way I found to deal with that was to spend as little time associating as possible. I kept my talks with other inmates brief, and purposeless. I shared little to no personal information and did not even talk about the reason for my incarceration. The best defense against unknown people is to remain unkown yourself. People fear what they do not understand, and if you give them nothing to go on then they will not understand you and instead focus aggresiveness on more "known" people. Empty yourself of desire, try not to want to need anything and you will not be dissappointed, nor will you experience any resistence.
Cynthia: No not really.There were obviously some that no one got along with (people that refused to shower,ones that were in there for crimes against children) but I mostly got along with everyone and had a big group of friends.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Randy: Nothing. I was kind of a leader.
Will: I just ignored them and they ignored me, on the few occasions that someone seemed to go out of their way to "start something" with me I simply ignored them and acted as if nothing was hapening and as if I were completely unconcerned. Nothing takes the wind out of someone else's sail faster than refusal to participate in their little self-created melodramas.
Cynthia: I didn't have to do anything.I didn't deliberately start anything but I also didn't just let people walk all over me.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Randy: Don't get this question.
Will: You have no choice about who you are paired with. Cellmates changed rarely during my stay.
Cynthia: No lol I wish I would've been able to.I had about 4 different cellmates the whole time I was there.
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