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Interview with Bruce, Cherry, Damien and Derrick

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Bruce: well for me it was easy to get along with others, only because of my relationship with christ Jesus. i didnt see other inmates as criminals and losers. i seen them as testimony, vessals that God was ready to use.
Cherry: Being in jail for me was what I would imagine summer camp to be like. They all ran around like school kids with the she said she said drama and everyone thinks they are some bad mamma jamma cause they are locked up. It was a joke.
Damien: Yes. Everyone in there just runs their mouth but you can't do anything or you get more charges. I was struck by another inmate in my head and had to literally just walk away so it would not jeopardize my time served.
Derrick: Yes the inmates are at various mind levels some are bein sentenced to life or 25-60 years sitting next to someone who's doing 30 days and that pisses them off to here u complain u got thirty days for somthin stupid also racial tension is very high I had to fight my cell mate due to the fact that I was white so he kept callin me racial slurs and talkin shit callin me soft till he pushed me so I hit him then u got what's called preditors there the ones doin real time and they try to get ur money shoes body commissary what ever they can

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Bruce: i read my bible, played basketball, and wrote christian rap music. i was focus on the spiritual things that were able to keep me rooted and grounded in my faith. Jesus means more to me than to fight or argue with someone that is just depressed and scared. so i spent my time praying...
Cherry: In order to not constantly fight with other inmates, I had to bite my tongue and walk away, ALOT. Some inmates have mental problems or they just don't care about ever going home, or they are just having a really bad day period, and they don't care about their actions or who they take it out on. Definitely have to watch what you say cause everything can be taken out of context and get blown way out of proportion.
Damien: to avoid problems or fight i had to stay in my cell all day and night and read the bible and i made a friend or two to help me get pass it. it was the worse jail i ever been in and the people are worst never want to go back
Derrick: I grouped up with my fellow gang members majority in numbers and stuck to my self as much as I could if u make ur self known in jail then u become a target the best thing to do is stay to itself and out of everyone else's way that te best advice

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Bruce: no i didnt coose cellmates i left that to the officers because thats there job. but i had new cellmates often, in the course of 5years being locked up i had at 40 cellmates.
Cherry: I was not able to choose anyone. It was open bay living quarters, with bunk beds and all. My bunky was a career criminal and a lesbian. She was always trying to peek under my covers and she enjoyed the drama of all the other females. They change when they are release or their behavior gets them moved to a more secure arrangement.
Damien: hell no we were not able to choose how we had there was like seven or eight people to a cell and if the co wanted to move u he could
Derrick: Yea and no depending on the officers it was all up to them an in 30 days I had 6 diff cell mates if they act out they get sent to the hole Nd u get another or they go to prison or they go home

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