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Interview with Burt, Daniel, David and Donald

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Burt: No, i fit in along with other inmates, more because of my appearence with tattoos. and similar cases and some people i knew from the free world.
Daniel: No, but there are some difficult people inside. Mostly people tend to just socialize to pass the time away and take your mind off of the outside world.
David: No because I'm already in my 40s and I've been around the block so I know how to control my temper. A lot of the things that guys do in there can get on your nerves if you're not mature. Young guys tend to blow their fuse a lot more.
Donald: I tended to keep to myself and did not interact much with other inmates. So I had no issues with any others. In fact most everyone got along while I was in my assigned area.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Burt: real shit, you just have to keep to yourself. theres alot of shit talking in there,. if you dont know anyone from the free world thats in there then basically your on your own not knowing what could happen.
Daniel: The main thing is to give respect and try not to be a "loud-mouth." But then there's a difference between giving respect and being intimidated, the intimidated ones get treated worse. Just not as bad as what you see on tv, unless you watch the programs on like msnbc.
David: I won't sit at a table with a guy who might be volatile. I have pretty good intuition so I can read people and figure out who to avoid.
Donald: Like I said I kept to myself. I mostly did that to keep from having any problems or issues with other inmates. There were no fights or problems in my area for the time I spent there. Everyone was pretty relaxed and was respectful and polite to each other. Thanks

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Burt: Yes, i knew alot of inmates that were homeboys back in the free world.
Daniel: Do you mean a cellmate? If so, then no. The administration office never interacted with inmates, and there is no favor shown.
David: You were assigned a bunk but you could put in request for a different bunkmate if you wanted to.
Donald: We did not have cell mates. We were in more of a barrack type situation where there were like 25 sets of bunk beds in our large room. Thank you.

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