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Interview with CC, Kurt, Kimberly, Karen, Ben, John, Ashley and Michelle

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
CC: yes and no keep to myself, but there are bullies and intimidators
Kurt: No, but that's me personally. I make the best of the situation I'm in. I make it a point to try and get along with people.
Kimberly: No, it wasn't too bad. A couple of girls who come in right off street that are detoxing are going through tough times and will try to start with you.
Karen: i get along well with most people as well as being a trustee
Ben: No no one messed with me I am not mister tough guy but the one thing sbout jail you always see someone you know and everytime I went to jail they would put me in the worst spots but I knew Half of the guys in the pod and they respected me and liked me because I dont pretend to be something I am not.
John: Lots of personalitis to deal with a tense times but i have aooth character so i got along fine for The most part isolated incodents did occour but nothing major.
Ashley: I didn't have any problems I just stayed to myself and mind my own business , same thing like on the streets , keep your mouth shut and nobody gets hurt
Michelle: No I'm a people person anyway plus its like you become a family you have to stick together all you have is eachother some don't have no one in the real world so you form a bond a lot of us been through the same things and can relate

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
CC: you cant
Kurt: Once they found out what I was in for they didn't mess with me. My reputation preceeded me and that was as someone who doesn't back down from a fight. You have to stand up for yourself. You might not ever get into a fight but you have to act like you will.
Kimberly: Bascially, you keep to yourself. Stay on your bunk. When you get anything from the commis , stay on y our bunk, when you get commissary you got to keep it hidden otherwise some of those girls will ask you to share or try to take it from you.
Karen: na
Ben: I usually just play chess, watch tv or sleep I dont play cards that always seems to start fights or basketball
John: Mind business i didnt play cards or try to make many friends just basically be yourself if you were a wild type person on The syreets just know someone in jail may have been wilder. Its more so about respect ever Man gets it untill you show ypu dont deserve it
Ashley: I never had any problems with other inmates I kept to myself and mind my own business and didn't worry what was going on with the other women it didn't concern me of affect me so I stayed out of the way I avoided getting into trouble and other inmates
Michelle: Well a lot of times you had to stand your ground not meaning get physical but stand up for yourself if not they will take an advantage of you but you should walk away or get switch to another pod but mostly stay to yourself that's the best thing you can do to avoid a lot of drama

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
CC: no
Kurt: Absolutely not.
Kimberly: No you don't get to pick, they assign you. I asked to be a trustee for because I was involved in a non-violent crime. If they let you be a trustee then you get to go to really nice pod. You have to work to do laundry but you double portions of food and stuff like that.
Karen: yes after being there awhile once a month approx
Ben: No And my cellmates changed about 4 times one of the cellmates I had is in prison now and we still write each other
John: No cell i was in a dorm crowded and on The floor.. The turn ovwr was daily some bailed out aome cases wernt to serious i saw many go and come
Ashley: no you could not choose your cellmate whoever was put in the cell with you was not a choice it just happen that was all that would happen if you got along that was good
Michelle: No you could not pick no cell mate you were stuck with whoever they pit in there cell mates change like you would change your panties now sometimes if you have a family member they will put you on the same pod

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