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Interview with Tammy, Tiffany, Sarah, Rachel and Betty

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tammy: not at all. Im a friendly person. I kept to myself most of the time. When i was around other inmates for either chow time, or to watch tv or play cards, I was friendly and didnt get into the drama that might have been going on
Tiffany: Well its definately not what the movies percieve it to be. Not in county jail at least. Although there is for sure a pecking order. Do i dare say especially amongst female inmates. Myself although i am italian american i grew up and live on the.. shall i say urban side of the tracks. So having confidence and not being gullable (streetsmarts) is definately an asset while incarcerated. Minor stuff like talking trash
Sarah: No. I pretty much minded my bussiness and was not rude or disrespectfull to any of the guards or inmates and I find it very effective when you keep to yourself when your in a place like that
Rachel: when i was in the holding cell i got along with everybody until they moved me up stairs then the girls just wont stop asking you for stuff,food,pillows,askin you for money,i even saw a girl giving a tatto how gross
Betty: i did not find it difficult because i just kept to myself and did not talk to anybody or try to speak with anybody until i was getting released on bond

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tammy: I didnt avoid much. I was friendly to all inmates and didnt get into other peoples business.
Tiffany: Mainly all goes well as long as there is a level of mutual respect amongst fellow 'bunkies' such as keeping cell clean, showering so not to offend others in small spaces, respect what minimal privacy is left to your other cellmates. Dont ask one another about thier charges. Golden rule: mind your own business.
Sarah: I dont think Im the type of person people would want to pick a fight with . Im not a newbie to anything and have had my way in the jail and know quite a few people. I go in and i keep to myself do whatever time I have to do and get out .
Rachel: when i was in there i just avoided people abd minded my own busubess i walked away and stayed in my cell,i was already in there for trouble so i wasnt going to catch a charge for fighting with somebody,i kept to my self and my roomate thats about it,
Betty: i did not have to avoid any problems because i did not speak to anybody and nobody tryed talking to me or tryed fighting with me i just minded my own business and did what i had to do and do what i was told by the officers at the jail

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tammy: No, the jail will assign you to a cell and a bunk.
Tiffany: No i dont believe your given much choice. But cellmates change on a regular in county jail. Matter of fact bonds are formed in the fire. And sometimes people become rather close.
Sarah: I was not able to "pick" a room mate . The cellmates changed whenever people got out and when people met people they wanted to be room mates they just switched rooms with other people
Rachel: i was not able to choose any specific inmate or my cellmate,and i waaas only in the cell for two days so im not sure how often it changes i only been arrested 2x
Betty: i was not able to choose an inmate as my cellmate while i was there it was the same girl/women that was in there when i first went to jail and when i got out she was still there

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