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Getting along with other inmates
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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.
Karl: There were some inmates that I did not like and they did not care much for me, but we just generally avoided each other and everything worked out.
Wilford: for the most part i dident have any problems with other inmates. I am easy to get along with and a likeable person. for the most part i would only hang out with a select few people.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Karl: Generally, just avoidance seemed to be the most effective. Usually, they would cause their own demise by escalation of their anti-social behavior and be taken to the SHU (Special Holding unit).
Wilford: at times its just better to keep to your self. the consequence of getting in a fight would mean going to segregation or "doublelock" as they call it. to me its just not worth being locked in a cell 23 hours a day and having everything taken from you. i am a passive person.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Karl: No. On the block I was assigned to, which was a Protective Custody unit, you were just put in with whoever you were put next to and could only change cell assignments if there was something wrong with the accommodations in that cell ) broken toilet, water would not shut off, biohazard from a person with AIDS or other disease such as MRSA, etc.
Wilford: you really dont have much say as to who your cellmate is. after a week or two of being there i was able to move to my own cell. in niagara county the upstairs of the pods are all double bunked and the bottom floor are all single cells
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