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Interview with Tom, Frank and Ashlee

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tom: No. For the most part (other than the sex offenders) I got along really good with everyone. The inmates in the jail were all pretty cool and respectful.
Frank: It really depends on individual peoples' personality. Some people are really mean and think everyone is out to get them, while others just want to do their time and go home. It was more difficult for me because of my charges, and a lot of inmates want to see your "paperwork" to judge you. Since my crime was a "relatively" minor sex crime, most people were at least tolerable of me, but a few were hostile. Besides those inmates, most are pretty relaxed and easygoing, and as long as you are respectful and such it's not too bad. Overall, got along with people.
Ashlee: No, I had no problems. I think the reason I got along with everyone is because I treat people how I would like to be treated whether they are inmates or not.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tom: To avoid any problems while in any jail or prison it is very important to talk to everyone respectfully. It is also very important to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. Any person in jail should always avoid joining gangs, getting involved with drugs or homosexuals. There are alot of inmate determined rules and politics as to how one should conduct himself and these rules will keep you out of conflicts.
Frank: Space is such a commodity, try to give people space if possible. Be respectful of whatever "program" that the other inmates are already running, and adjust accordingly. Don't complain. Keep clean. Don't touch peoples' stuff. Pretty basic.
Ashlee: I really pretty much didn't have to do anything. Because I wasn't a trouble maker or an instagater. I would never start a fight but I wouldn't back down from one either. I pretty much got along with them all. If an inmate did have a problem with me or something, then that's her problem.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tom: I really dont understand the way this question is worded but I think you are referring to choosing your own cell mate. If so the answer varies. If the cops in the jail like you and that other person they will usually hook you up. There are some cops that are plain uncool, but there are ones who are just oing a job and are not there to give you a hard time.
Frank: The tank I was in had 8 people, in two rooms of four. I was not able to choose cellmates. The room of four I was in, cellmates changed very rarely because they were down for longer periods of time, while the other room of four, it probably rotated out about a dozen times during my stay.
Ashlee: It depends. If I was already in jail and someone I knew was being housed into the same dorm, then I could have asked my cellmate if she mind changing bunks so my friend could be my bunkie. Sometimes you could have several different bunkies throughout your stay. One time I 2 different bunkies within 2 hrs. Alot depends on whats going on within the jail and whose be booked. Because you don't want to put inmates together that don't get along or who are gang related.

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