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Interview with Jen, Karen and Will

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jen: I always found that minding your business is the best policy there were times where you had to stand your ground or be picked on and singled out your whole stay
Karen: No. I kept to myself and did not get involved with the drama inside the jail. the drama with women can be bad so if you stay out of gossip and drama you are safer.
Will: No I didn't mainly because I think I gained a lot of respect from the other immates for the way I handled such a harsh enviroment. I rarely ever complained, except when I would have to go for more than a week between showers. There is always a couple of top dogs in a pod and I knew how to get along with them, even though I had to talk to them through a locked door in my cell. As long as the other immates see you talking to the top dogs you really have nothing to worry about which was good because that was my first time in jail and the last. It was hell....

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jen: read books, stay to yourself, did not create situations that I could not take care of in a matter that would attract the attention of the deputys
Karen: I avoided fights by staying out of other peoples way and keeping my opinion and thoughts to myself. Engaging in gossip is definitely the wrong thing to do because gossip travels fast and only results in fights. I did not borrow things from others and I did not loan my possessions.
Will: Nothing really, because like I said I had the respect of the top dogs so nobody else bothered with me. Plus I was locked down 24/7 so even if someone had a problem with me all they could do would be to yell through a locked door, but I never had any problems other then telling a few guys to shut the heck up when they would constantly cry about being locked down for a few days. I could have done a few days in lockdown standing on my head, so I would get irritated by their constantly bitching when they knew they would be out if they just shut up.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jen: there were alot of girls there that I knew from the outside, many that I knew for a very long time, so this was not a problem
Karen: I was not able to choose a cell mate because I was placed in a large 'pod' where there were multiple bunk beds, but we were assigned a bunkmate. You could not request top or bottom bunk unless you had a medical issue with being on the top bunk. The bottom bunk is preferred by most.
Will: no cellmate, I wish I did. At least then I could have had someone to talk to. They wouldn't even allow me to have a book in my cell. Those days get pretty long sitting there staring at the ceiling for 16-17hrs a day.

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