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Interview with Travis and Grant

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Travis: Mostly not. There were some people who would ask for things which was very annoying. Some people would ask for coffee for example, and if you gave everyone a shot soon you would have wasted a lot of it. A cellmate without money was also very annoying, they might take your commissary.
Grant: yes,i was mostly treated with respect by my dorm because im quite and stay to myself . not too much trouble followed me because of this alone plus made friends with some shot callers

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Travis: The chance of a fight was low. But you had to be strict about not giving things away sometimes. I.e. I had given away my meals a couple times and after that I always had the sensation that the person was expecting it. If you are always strict, however, it should not be a problem.
Grant: mind my own business and stay away from problematic inmates who were always lurking about . I also enrolled in school to be away from the dorm a couple hrs out of the day and to be around more positive minded inmates also trying to get their time done easily

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Travis: Not usually. You could say you and your cell mate were not getting along, which may result in a new cell or cell mate. It was very rare that you could choose a cell mate, I had never seen it done.
Grant: no,i was in a dorm mostly but I was moved to maximum security where I was first given a lifer as a cell mate but was changed when he went to prison

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