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Full interview (by category)Interview with Ryan, Alex, George, John, Diana and Maria
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Alex: Not really. I just kept to myself and only talked to people about my age (36).
George: NO, I TOLD THEM TO STAY AWAY
John: nope. once you have it known that you are not scared of them or being in jail, its pretty routine. just remember that you came to jail alone and you will leave alone. everybody wants something from you, it's up to you whether you want to be a giver or a receiever.
Diana: No I pretty much kept to myself I'm no that social in scary environments mostly everyone was nice lots of addicts coming down on drugs so I. Just keep to myself
Maria: Oh, I got along fine with the other inmates. I kept to myself and they pretty much left me alone. I'm not a small woman by any means; I'm not FAT or anything...NO! but i'm...stocky, let's say.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ryan: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Alex: Left people alone. And yes there were plenty of fights. In county jail, there's a lot of people coming and going. A bunch of people in for drug offenses that sleep almost the entire time they're there. A lot of misdemeanor offenses just waiting to see the judge to be released- less than 24 hours. And then there's the people fighting bigger offenses or who have been sentenced to long time. There was one guy in my dorm that had over 2 years in county because it was year long sentences "back to back." The people you choose to associate with are more commonly in the category you fall in. I met one guy who it was his 30th time in jail (mostly for drug offenses). After he detoxed, he was decent to play cards with.
George: MIND MY BUSINESS
John: just do YOUR TIME, and stay out of other peoples business. theres always gonna be someone who has more time than you and they will try to get you in a position where you mess up your good time, or have time added to you sentence. but most of all,do not whine! nobody cares!
Diana: Mind your own business & don't disrespect people's personal space and belongings . I really keep to myself and Hansleep things in my own without involing the staff because That's not cool people who run to the guards are labeled snithes and that'll leas to a fight as well .
Maria: Well, I didn't really have to do anything to get along with them. I have a really good sense of humor, and am quick with a snappy comeback or a joke, so I was pretty much left to my own devices. Plus, I could draw a little, and everybody wanted my services as an artist.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Alex: We were in a dorm, 2 tiers with 42 people per tier. They don't allow you to request who to be with, but they DO allow you to request who NOT to be with. If you have a history of causing trouble with or fighting with another inmate, they won't let you be with him.
Diana: No I wasn't they were already in cell I had the same roommate because I wasn't there that long but they fill rooms very quickly because jails are over populated
Maria: No, I wasn't able to choose my cellmates, sadly. I know that I would have liked to, because there were some girls who were like me: inexperienced in the ways of the law.
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