JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't. Tony: Not really I am I guess the ultimate people
person, I have on occasion been in some
difficult situations, for instance I was in
holding with a black guy on one side and a white
supremacist on the other. 12 X 12 cell with
eight people, The white guy started in with the
black guy, I reminded him that whatever trouble
or however tough he was, would not help him out
of his situation and asked him if he thought it
was worth the trouble of getting into more
trouble for someone he automatically didn't like
anyway, By asking him a question instead of
demanding or telling I resolved the problem.
Because no matter what your in for or your color
everybody wants the same thing, to be out.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates? Tony: You don't have to be humble but you do have to
show respect for others, You may run into a
person who just wants to throw around his
weight, but usually this can be handled thru not
ignoring him/her but showing respect and asking
questions about something they care about,
whether it be there family or whatever, just get
there interest in something else.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change? Tony: NO