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Interview with Ray, Oscar and Marshall

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ray: My original charge was Sexual Assault 4th degree and I served 3 years. I've been around the crazy ones and know how to identify them and deal with them accordingly. All with the means of keeping myself safe and unidentified yet part of the group.
Oscar: yes, I have a volatile temper and do not deal well with ignorance and rudeness that is often encountered in that type of jail or prison atmosphere therefore it was very difficult
Marshall: yes, the inmates are mean exp. to white people like myself i felt always on the defensive side ..inmates constantly make fun of people and are very aggressive and if you dont have tough skin or show any weakness you wont make it in jail

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ray: A lot of reading, lying about the truth, and associating with other military veterans. There are unsaid rules to live by in county jail. All you have to do is follow them and don't create any tension. Many of the guards are former military and they are good to have on your side in a not so obvious way.
Oscar: I had to leave areas, deny rec, sometimes you have a situation where you cant avoid certain confrontatios and the facility staff will tell you they will not move you and if you dont like it then fight then we will have to move you and that in itself causes fights
Marshall: Well i personally stayed on my bunk the whole time in jail, i didnt talk to anyone and minded my own business I read the bible and whatever i could get my hands on and did alot of sleeping during the day when people said arguementive things towards me or harrassed me i ignored them

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ray: When I first got there, I was placed in a dorm environment with about 60 others. I stayed there for 2 weeks and then got transfered to a cell. Choice of cell is very limited and who you get as a cellmate is luck of the draw.
Oscar: they do not let you choose your cell mate because they claim that everyone would be moving all of the time and it would interfere with the normal institutional operations
Marshall: No i didnt have any cellmate i was in a dorm and i wasnt able to choose where i went or anything like that i was on the top bunk

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