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Interview with Clinton and Tyrone

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Clinton: Uh, I'm an older guy. I can shine off a lot more, but for the most part no, they really weren't that hard to get along with.
Tyrone: It was a little bit difficult. You have to be on your toes all the time. They mix everybody together from the different hoods. They have rival gang members in the same pod. Sometimes they open the wrong doors and fights happen. One of the inmates sued the jail for staging gladiator fights. Only the person in the tower can pop the doors open. We talked to the guard and asked them not to do this and we also asked them to segregate the inmates according to gang affiliation. If you don't have a violent case or more than 3-5 years you are going to the county and this has caused a lot of problems in the jail.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Clinton: My attitude and the way I chose to communicate with others. You always have a choice as to how you are going to do that.
Tyrone: You can't relax. You've got to be on your toes and ready for something to happen all the time. Being incarcerated you have got to watch your back.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Clinton: No.
Tyrone: No, they don't let you choose.

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