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Interview with Sarah, Drew and Paul

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Sarah: For me, no. I will say it was a challenge because I don't speak spanish, and I was the only white person I saw the whole time I was incarcerated. Luckily I'm kind of funny, I have a good sense of humor so that is probably the only reason I did alright.
Drew: I did not find It hard at all but it is a kinda hard to really not get along unless your just an crash dummy but I just chilled so I ain't have no problems I was the only black person in a eight ban cell with Mexican gang bangers
Paul: I found that some inmates can be more difficult to get along with than others. Most inmates mind there own business, everyone wants to do there time and go home but there is allways going to be those people that have very long sentsnces or life sentances and dont care. I found that as long as i kept my mouth shut and minded my own business things went fairly well. I had a few altercations but with so many men in one place there are bound to be some problems.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Sarah: A lot of it is keeping to yourself, and minding your own business. Staying in your own area and not bothering anyone.
Drew: Just avoid negative attention and upon entering you need find your way don't fuck with no one till you figure out who is who which these Mexicans let you know right away who in charge of what who you can talk to what the tv schedule is who has cleaning duty none
Paul: I know that i avoided alot of problems just by staying in my cell. Sometimes fights or riots would happen in the day room but because i stayed in my cell i was not involved. In jail people tend to feed on the week,as long as u fight things go pretty smooth, even if you lose the whole point was that you got out there and fought.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Sarah: They have big cell blocks. They have 2 rooms of 25, and there are a few smaller rooms. You don't pick where you go. If you have violent crimes or are gang affiliated they have to separate you a little bit. You have no choice who you are with in the block rooms.
Drew: Wher you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one.how often would your cellmates Change come on we do not chose cellmates that's really a rediculess question
Paul: You are not able to choose your cellmate and they tend to put two different races together in one cell and that at times can be a problem. In the two years i was incarcerated i probably had three different cellmates. The first was of African American nationality and was not happy to have me as a cellmate and we ended up fighting.

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