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Interview with Brian, Marty, Linda, Charlie, Mary and Myron

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Brian: I found it difficult to get along with some inmates who wanted to cause trouble on the Pod and start fights with others. I found it difficult to get along with some people who knew me from a Job that I worked with Kids...The Academy. There was alot of the kids in there who knew me as a Counselor from there and who wanted to say things about me and start things. I wrote to one of the Lieutenants and asked to be removed from the Pod and I was moved to another Pod which was the Drug and Alcohol Pod.
Marty: Not really. Most of the inmates were polite and kind, the others did'nt start anything, but they just did not want to talk to anyone or be bothered.
Linda: sometimes
Charlie: getting along with other humans is totally up to the individual.
Mary: no I didn't find it difficult to get along with people at the jail. I am a people persn and people like me.i didn't have a bad time. That's it
Myron: I did my best to not make waves. Kept myself around inmates like me who attended church & the weekly AA meetings as well as Bible study. Got a kitchen job quick which kept me surrounded with more trusted inmates which made it easier to get along. Not without some arguments though from mostly stress.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Brian: To avoid problems and fights with other inmates I stayed away from the ones who I know were trouble and I talked to the guards on duty about ones who wanted to start things etc with me. I asked to move out of my cell when I had problems with my cell mates who wanted to start fights etc. I played games on the Pod to avoid fights and I had others on the Pod look out after me for people who wanted to fight or start fights. I avoid scenarios and people who want to get into fights and argue as well.
Marty: DON'T BE RUDE, DO NOT INSULT ANY INMATE NO MATTER HOW BAD THEY DESERVE IT YOU WILL GET BEAT UP, AND JUST TREAT THEM AS REGULAR PEOPLE
Linda: keep to yourself
Charlie: internal red flags will tell an indivdual who / what to aviod.
Mary: I had to stick to myseld. I had to keep in programs in the jail. I was in the hope program in the jail so it was a spiritual program. There were not alot fights on my pod. Sometimes there were arguments but nothing major. If I had to go back to jail I would request that pod aain
Myron: Keep a routine down and read a lot on my bunk. If I overheard drama, I went to the hut! I chose not to perpetuate the cycle, I chose to get what help I could in jail. Did what was told not what I wanted, what I wanted got me into this mess.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Marty: As a celly? (cellmate) no.
Linda: yes if you were in holding with them
Charlie: never tried
Mary: I got to pick my celly afyer being there a whild. I had more privelages cause I was a worker. My cellys changed quite often cause there were people getting out
Myron: On the shoe (intake block), 4a I changed cellmates like underwear as they could bond out I couldn't. At work only 2, one went home, I went home on the other.

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