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Interview with Todd, Katie and Burl

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Todd: There were some ethnic problems. Misunderstandings were rampant.
Katie: No/Everyone knew what they were being charged with some had attitude issues, however, I stayed to myself and seemed to not let others behaviors affect me. I did not feel like getting along with others was an issue.
Burl: I stayed to myself most of the time because that's a lot of drama is kept down. There were a few people that I would kick it with it but never tell anyone why you are there because they tend to throw it in your face when they get mad

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Todd: I always had a choice, to step aside or stare down inmates I had problems with.
Katie: Just needed to keep to yourself and keep your comments to yourself. You can do this by getting to know others behaviors and just control things you say or the way you act towards those individuals in order to avoid confrontation. The main thing to do is worry about your actions and not about what others are doing.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Todd: Yes. Ethnic groups tended to stay with their own kind. People did mix, but there were clearly divisions.
Katie: No. Was held the first day in a cell in the new Dane County Jail and was moved to 7th floor of the old Dane County Jail for the other two days. Once I went to court was taken back to the original cell I was put in until I was released.
Burl: You are not alod to pick your own cell mate they pick your cell mate for you. But if your cell mate is doing something to bother you you can always report it to the ceo and they nine out of ten will change your cell mate

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