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Interview with Ben and Laura

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ben: Im an easy guy to get along with plus Im big so that made it fairly easy for me to get along with other inmates in pretty much every situation I was in.
Laura: I actually got along rather well with the other inmates. They thought that I was very sweet and didn't think that I belonged in jail. They told me that if I wound up back in jail they would kick my ass because I don't need to get in trouble anymore.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ben: I had a few problems with TV situations when people had too loud or kept changing the channel when I watching something. I used words to try to negotiate the situation but never got into any serious or physical confortations.
Laura: I didn't have to actively avoid fights with the other inmates. I just had to be myself. I'm not a volatile person and I don't seek out confrontation. I made friends with the other inmates and was even asked to write some of the other girls when I left jail.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ben: No, when I had entered the cell, I had to pretty much take the only empty bunk.
Laura: I don't know if that would have been an option because I didn't know any other inmates going into this ordeal. I had 3 different cellmates during my two week stay.

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