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Interview with Collin, Robbie, Michelle and Lorrie

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Collin: My advantage was I'm older so everybody respected my age. They wouldn't let me go upstairs, they changed my bed to downstairs. The young guys in there got all over the guards tell them, "Hey, he can't climb those stairs." They sort of protected me almost.
Robbie: some inmates tried to be intimidating but i never had any problems with any of them. I did see other inmates have probelems with each other but none of the ever bothered me.
Michelle: Yes, you had to pretty much stay to yourself and people always argue about the T.V. and some inmates won't stop talking and they get into it with others. Or the inmates would just get into arguments because they were in jail and coming off drugs.
Lorrie: no got along with everyone most of the time I stayed to myself and read books or just slept that was the best way to be until it was time to get out

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Collin: You could tell right off which were the guys you should stay clear of and that's what I did. I just minded my own business.
Robbie: I just stayed to myself for the majority of the time. It was very crowded and was hard to do that but i was able to keep from having conflict with other inmates. I talked with others that were not hostile. I got along well with the other inmates in the jail.
Michelle: Just stay to myself and watch whatever was on T.V. and not ask to change the channel. Or don't ask anybody to borrow any store items. Then the other inmates would just get into fights mainly because of color or because they wanted to sleep and couldn't because of the noise.
Lorrie: I slept most of my time and stayed to myself if you talked to to many things were always started to where you said something you really didn't say so it was best you read and stayed busy by yourself or found 1 or maybe 2 people that was more like you that just wanted to do their time peacefully

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Collin: You couldn't pick where you would go but like I said those young kids looked out for me so I ended up sleeping on a cot downstairs.
Robbie: I didnt have a cellmate. There were at least 50 people extra in the cell block so they had bunks on the floor and boats that people sleep in so they didnt have to sleep on the floor so i guess you could say i had 150 cellmates.
Michelle: You could choose a particular inmate as your cellmate only if a certain guard was on duty that would move you in the computer to that cell. If the guard didn't feel like moving you in the computer then you wouldn't get moved.
Lorrie: no my cellmate changed 2 times it was like once you got use to someone and other inmates got to fighting they would switch you with 1 of the 1s that had fought so it was like you were being punished to

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