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Interview with Max

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Max: I was in a protected part of the jail where sex offenders and other high risk people go. When you are housed in this area sometimes it is hard to know what you are getting when you meet someone. So yes, I had problems with some of the inmates.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Max: Don't maintain eye contact with other inmates for more than three seconds. And don't tell anybody what you are in for.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Max: Yes, if you don't like someone in your area, you can submit a request form to the officers to be moved or have them moved. There are five people in a cell, but usually because of overcrowding there are more. There is a "gentleman's agreement" involving seniority. When the most senior inmate in the room leaves, the next most senior can take his bunk if he wants. If not, the least senior has to take it.

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