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Interview with Gordy, Jeff and Philip

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Gordy: I actually did not speak to any of the other inmates it a pretty small facility.
Jeff: I was actually in a special section of Sarasota County Jail call the recovery pod which was quite pleasant I'm finally guards and staff other inmates were actively working a narcotics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous program
Philip: I encountered a classification error and was moved from cell to cell for the duration spending most of my time with violent offenders who were as violent in jail as they were prior to lockup. I did not make friends

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Gordy: Just keep to yourself really but if you have to defend yourself well then you have to defend yourself.
Jeff: In the recovery pod of Sarasota County Jail there were no fights or problems minor arguments over petty issues but nothing of any seriousness, pretty much just mind your own business and do what is asked by corrections officers you're supposed to do do your time and your fine won't have issues
Philip: I had to trade food move rooms buy commissary items for some people. The corrections officers turn a blind eye to black mail and bullying so really to avoid confrontation I was forced to give in to damdsnin abnear hostage manner from other inmates inmates with no regard for others

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Gordy: No you have no rights in there
Jeff: We were not allowed to choose our soulmates they were chosen by corrections officers and I believe I went through about 4 or 5 in the 5 months that I was incarcerated
Philip: No, the cell mates were assigned by the officers keeping watch. Over my stay I would estimate I changed cells arbleast 15 times in all and never had a say in the matter

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