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Interview with Ryan and Kyle

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ryan: I didn't personally get into trouble but I mean it could be for difficult for certian indivduals.
Kyle: Yes. From what I saw during both of my very short (24 hour) stays at Yakima County Jail, my fellow inmates treated me with respect, and were downright personable. Perhaps I only saw one side of them because I was there for a short time, but I believe many, if not all of my fellow inmates simply wanted to do their time with as much peace as possible, and get on with their lives.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ryan: Stay out of those maximum security tanks. If you're up there and not in gang or not from around Yakima it's gonna be rough. If you're in one of those tanks you might not be able to avoid trouble.
Kyle: It never came up. However, I was informed that the "big thing" was never to defecate in the downstairs toilet during chow. Us the second tier's toilet for defecation during chow time.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ryan: Yeah you can depending on bed availablity. The tank I was in they just wanted to keep the peace so if you could hook up with somebody you knew and wasn't goign to cause any trouble they would let you bunk in together.
Kyle: I was not given the opportunity to choose a cell/bunk mate, but then again, to the best of my knowledge, I was not aware of anyone I knew being in the jail at the same time.

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