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Interview with Todd and Antwon

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Todd: yes because it was so overcrowded that there were usually 3or 4 people to a what is normally a 2 man cell so we would get aggrivated real easily just due to people being crowded up on top of each other and not having any privacy while using the bathroom or simply just changing after a shower
Antwon: For the most part I kept to myself and going to the Chapel once a week and meeting good people and keeping in touch with my family was the only thing that made me keep my sanity.But it is hard for people to keep their sanity in that jail because you are on 24hr lock down. They only let you go outside for 1hr a day once a month.The rest of the time you are stuck in a small confined space.The way they had people crammed was 5 people to a cell that was meant for 2 people.People were sleeping on thin worn out mats with their heads next to a leaking toilets!!

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Todd: me personally i never had too many problems with fighting because i did alot of reading and writing and doing vthings like excersing in the day room and simply just staying to myself however i did have a few fights for things like people saying rude stuff or trying to take my books without asking me for permission
Antwon: I personally didnt have any problems with any inmates because i was the most educated one in my wedge. I used my time wisely and helped other illiterate inmates write and read their letters to their loved ones and also tutored some to get their GED. Also ignore ignorant people.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Todd: yes
Antwon: No we were not able to choose cellmates because it was too overcrowded like I said I slept on a hard floor for months until someone either got released or got moved for fighting. Cellmates could change sparatically.

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