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Interview with Jerry and Pat

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jerry: This jail is pretty mellow as far as politics are concerned. having been to big county jails in big cities, this pales in comparison to the violent climate in large jails. Don't get me wrong there are some real convicts here but they get locked in a single cell. If you just stick to the program and stay out of politics, you will do fine here. Even with inmates doing state time in county jail, it is still pretty safe.
Pat: Sometimes it was awful we are all in there away from our kids facing serious time we all come from different walks of life with different attitudes an personalities and not all of us got along some of the officers favored other inmates and that would get other inmates riled up.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jerry: Every race has their own rules. Stick to the rules and regulations and you will be fine. Don't forget they always lock you up with similar inmates. So the low level drug guys are with other charges like that. The only way to try and avoid fights is respect. Respect is all we got inside. Our word and our balls. Without this you are sure to get in a wreck. Always watch out for guys taking psych drugs. They are usually unpredictable and can be known to attack at any time.
Pat: Stay to myself or if I did hang out I had to be careful on who i chose to hang out with because hanging out with the wrong people could reflect badly on you if they did something wrong and you are known to be a part of that crowd the officers automatically assume that you are involved as well better off to just stay on my bunk and read

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jerry: Most of the housing in this jail is pods or dorms. Pods are a large sectioned room with two man bunk housing on opposing sides with a tv and table in the center. Dorms are much larger with a common area and open floor of bunks. As far as picking a celly, it would have to be same race and I'm sure the guards won't have a problem. if your in a cell here it's probably discipline or your fighting a serious violent case. As for fighting a case in a cell more than likely your celly is too and they will be in for a long time.
Pat: We could request if we knew someone we knew was coming in or if when we were done with booking and knew that someone we knew was in a certain tank and wanted to be inthere but it didnt always mean we would get what we wanted.

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