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Interview with Richard and Donna

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Richard: For me, I'm a big dude so it really didn't affect me. I'm also white so I think that helped with me. There are a lot of gangs and racial problems in this jail.
Donna: I did not have any difficulty getting along with the other inmates. There were some that I did not care for but I just stayed away from them. I had a core group of women that I talked to each time I was there. Only one time did I ever have words with any of the inmates. This girl came in that had opened a crypt at a local cemetary and used the skull as a soccer ball and was bragging about it. After listening to her for a couple of days I told her to shut the F$%K up and think about if that was one of her family members. It did not turn into a fight or anything.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Richard: It depends on who you belong with,who you belong to. I stayed out of trouble because I am big and also white.
Donna: To avoid problems with other inmates I just avoided them and stayed alone in my quad or I talked to someone else to keep out of trouble. I am a very good natured person and I usually get along with just about anyone. I even got along with the correctional officers.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Richard: No, what are you talking about? This is a CA correctional facility, they don't let you choose anything but what size of underwear you want.
Donna: We were not able to choose who we had for a cellmate. My cellmates changed often when I was there for short periods of time. When you are there for longer periods they put you upstairs where they put the people who are going to be there for along time.

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