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Interview with Elise, Armando, Drew, Devin and Sean

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Elise: yes. I was the only white girl in the entire jail block. So that was something scary for me. I come from a middle class family. i was in a jail block with lower class prostiutes and crack heads it was hard to find something in common with them other than i smoked weed
Armando: I mean it was allright just keep to your self and don't trust any one that's all and every body with there color stayed with eachother idk just like that whene your in there
Drew: I found it easy just because most if not all of the inmates in the pod were low classification inmates, meaning charges were petite. Plus it was a Christian pod chosen by the inmates so everyone just wanted to get their lives corrected and move on.
Devin: Hell yes.Take all the mentally disabled and bottom of the barrel criminals and stick them in a building with the least amount of officers allowed by law and u end up with trouble.
Sean: yes it is very difficult to get along with other inmates because they are 120 inmates in such a small area so there so many diffeent attitude and problems everybody has their own issues

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Elise: i read books and stayed in my bed i got into two fights with the same girl the first fight was yelling the second fight was a full on fight we got peppered sprayed and i got tased i was on top of her fighting
Armando: I mean chess write on the paper work out before going to bed to get me sleepy and take showers talk shit about life all day and trade for any thing in use coffe was a good one to trade and try to get a job to work out my time
Drew: Types of things you do to avoid problems with other inmates include staying out of people's business, respecting another inmates space and definitely not stealing from one another. No one like a jail theft, that will perhaps get you jumped or taken to the shower (the only area where some guards will let you duke it out).
Devin: Stick by yourself and mind your business.Stay in your cell and read books when allowed.Don't hang out in clicks. Especially respect the officers if you want to stay out of trouble.It's best to find one person you can get along with and stick to that person during chow and other things,
Sean: I stay to myself in did a lot of reading and sleeping to avoid trouble

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Elise: no definetly no they like to keep people that talk apart. so that there is less chance of riots
Armando: no your nerver able to pick and yea if I saw my boy yea I would and the cell mates would change vary from your charged or bond price on your head
Drew: No, since I was in an open pod situation, everyone was pretty much my cell mates. It was two floors of bunk beds. Sort of like military bootcamp housing. The lay out was a two story layout with inmates coming and going.
Devin: In orange county jail there policy is you get what they give you in cell mates.No matter what.I've Been in the cell with the worst people you can imagine and orange county jails policy is to bad.
Sean: no you are not allowed to choose your cellmate

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