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Interview with Jenna, Diane, Norman and Andrea

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Jenna: no- we were all pretty much in shock as to what was going on around us - we were not allowed to speak with each other & we we were shackled together
Diane: Not so much I tried to keep to myself for the most part but I did have a few issues with some of the other inmates. One incident was when I was on the phone and an inmate was singing at the top of her lungs, I spoke up and told her I was on the phone, she didn't like that very much.
Norman: yes it was difficult to get along with some of the other inmates being that it was so crowded and having alot of different personalities all stuck together in a small space for long periods of time
Andrea: no, it was the day-time from court, the other inmates were like me coming from the court house. so it was a quiet time, most knew that they went to court to go to jail & serve a sentence

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Jenna: i was fortunate in the fact i was housed in a non violent area - everyone was getting out with in days - or were only there for the week-ends. One inmate was sentenced to 10 days for not having a leash on her dog - she had to be in her 60's - so no one was really a harden criminal - or anything like that
Diane: Keep to myself, bribe them with my food.
Norman: honestly i tried to just stick to myself and not engage with certain people that seem to be up to no good.i have had to talk to the guards to try to warn them about certain people to get myself out of situations that i felt were unsafe for me to be around. because i have witnessed ALOT of violence being in there already and when you are stuck in a small space with alot of people fights always happen
Andrea: i had to become a good game player, so i was useful as a partner. i became a trustee & gave out extra coffee or kool-ade when i could. i did not get involved with gossip, or with other in-mates (intimately). i minded my own business, i did not get involved with guard / in-mate issues

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Jenna: i do not understand the question - you are not allowed any choices of any kind - you were even required to take the wrong medication or a report would be given on you which meant solitary lock up until the issue was resolved. That was a scary thing for one inmate - they really need to work on that - medical issues could kill someone
Diane: no
Norman: no i had no say in who i was locked up with and it seems my cellmates would change fairly often due to fighting or some other reason. i was in minimum custody and at times i was paired up with people who were sentenced to life and etc things and people constantly changed while i was incarcerated
Andrea: i was re-assigned twice, once to general, then moved to trustee cell after i became one there was no choice in cell-mates, that is if you were even fortunate enough to get one

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