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.