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Interview with Ford, Miss T, Reta, Julie and Hillary

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ford: I had no real problems with other inmates. We were on limited programming. Only 6-12 inmates on the day room floor at any given time.
Miss T: I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was for me to get along with the other inmates. I made a couple of friends who I spent time with while I was not in my cell, but I mostly kept to myself.
Reta: yes and no- there were those who were just so annoying and you had to just keep your mind set on getting out of there. focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. no use in trying to change someone who isn't gonna change just cuz you think they should.
Julie: Not really, I kept to myself. I spoke to about 3 people on a regular basis. They were also in there for petty things. Non-violent, hardly criminal-like. I actually still keep in contact with one of them.
Hillary: I didnt find it difficult to get along with any of the a friendly person and have no issues with speaking to anyone,so i was fine with anyone approaching me

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ford: Stay to your own race and mind your business. Do not get involved with other inmates cocrnong cantten items or gambling and your troubles remain at a minimum.
Miss T: I spent a lot of time by myself. I read a lot of books, did some exercise in my cell, and wrote a lot.
Reta: stay to my myself, not be so set in my ways. if 5 people called the shower it didn't hurt me any to be the last to get my shower that day.
Julie: The first night I went in, a girl from LA told me to throw away somthing for her. Another girl told me not to do it, but the LA inmate was a bit scary. I didnt want to start trouble so I did it and unfoprtunatly, got yelled at by the officers. After that, I prayed no one else would bother talking or acknowledging me. Besides that, I slept all day, did what I needed to every day, gave my food to anyone who asked, and shared my commesary. I'm a bit of a pushover, but I was not botheredagain.
Hillary: I pretty much kept to myself as in not randomly joining any on going conversations.I of coarse spoke to anyone who talked to me and occasionally started conversations with other inmates who looked like they were open to talk. I would like to say that most of my time was spent reading and sleeping in my cell.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ford: NO. You bunk with who you are assigned. My observance is of no inter racial bunking. This appears to be institutional policy based on prisoner behavior when mixed with other races.
Miss T: I don't understand this question. Choose an inmate for what?
Reta: no
Julie: No, not at all. I was assigned a bunk to lay in and wasn't even given a cell. I slept in the lunch area. But i didn't mind.
Hillary: no, you were not able to choose an inmate for your cellmate. I had two differnt cellmates, the first was one that turned herself in the same time i did,she was only there for 2 days,when she left they moved me to a differnt cell with a different inmate.

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