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Interview with Eric, Dominic and Carlos

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Eric: Very nasty people , no education , no respect , racist, dirty, do not good place to spend time for a person like me. Ugly time allnthe time. It is very depressing.
Dominic: It was very difficult getting along with other inmates because they determined that i was gay and not from florida. I was dealt with intimidation and one inmate even tried to force themself on my sexually.
Carlos: No, for the most part I got along well with most everyone there. I kept to myself and didn't really engage with too many people there just the guys that slept towards our end of the cell.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Eric: I was beaten several times and many time i woke up in my cell all beat up, nobody cares, people do not really know what is going on inside, you loose all there is no winners all are losers. Do not wish this to no one. Ugly time the hold time .
Dominic: I had to try and avoid any type of communication with most of the inmates. I had to watch what i said and my mannerisms because it made me stand out amongst the other inmates and become a target to most. I tried to ignore their comments but that didnt work too well.
Carlos: The most important thing for me was to keep to myself and mind my own business. I would spend the majority of my time on my bunk reading a book or listening to music. When it was "chow" time I would stay in the back of the line to not have the remote appearance that i was cutting in line. Also, never traded food or gambled.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Eric: I was by my self , i do not know why, i think thy realize after a few months things started to change until i was free. No more infwas given.o
Dominic: I was not able to choose where i was housed or with whom i could be housed with. I dont think anyone there has that kind of power to do that either.
Carlos: No in Metro West the cells are open bay with about forty to fifty bunk beds, there is always about eighty to one hundred inmates in each cell. If you see someone that you know sometimes guys would wait for the person that sleeps next to them to leave and request that bunk. Depending on the officer sometimes they will do it.

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