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Getting along with other inmates
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JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Dave: I found it okay to get along with a lot of people. There was also a lot of people I didn't like. People can be annoying and have different personalities and what not. Not everybody is going to be nice. There are some that will try to prey on the weak.
Julian: It was good to get on with people in a similar position to you. Just avoid the troublemakers. You can usually tell who they are start off.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Dave: Try to stick with people you're cool with and just keep your nose out of other people's business. You have to to carry yourself with an attitude that says, "Don't "F" with me, or I'll "F" with you. When I first went in, I was expecting to get in a fight because I was in a gang but really the most trouble you can get into is like with gambling. Somebody is a sore loser and they trouble starts. The thing is if you let someone disrepect you then they'll think you're a bitch and then they'll take advantage of you. It's predotor or prey.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Dave: No you get assigned and go where they tell you.
Julian: Not at all. You get what you're given and stay put.
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