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Interview with Freya, Jen and Cathy

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Freya: a little. Most of them had low frustration tolerance so they swore a lot and were generally profane.
Jen: No it was not difficult to get along with other inmates.
Cathy: I didn't find it difficult to get along with anyone, but I'm quiet and kept to myself for the most part. Sat with a couple of women who had been there a while for meals, watching tv, etc. Because I was gone all day working (I was on work release), I didn't have the opportunity to get close to anyone in particular.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Freya: I generally had to talk to the inmates that I had problems with--not the guard, because that is frowned upon.
Jen: You mind your own business. Give people their space. Don't badmouth anyone.
Cathy: Stay out of what doesn't concern you. Keep your mouth shut. Don't talk trash about other inmates.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Freya: no. Roommates were chosen for us.
Jen: Choose an inmate for what? If you mean choose a roomate, the answer is no, the womans' unit is an open, dorm style- 80 beds in one big open room.
Cathy: I was in Unit J..general pop for women. It's an 80-bed dormitory-style set up. No cells. I was moved a couple of times during my 90 days-I went from Big J to Little J (attached to Unit J but sort of separate). Little J housed workers, both on work release and those who worked inside the jail. It was quieter and a little darker than Big J.

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