JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't. Victor: Nope, it was a very small town so the locales, who
come in and out on a regular basis, where very
nice. some of these men even had personal
relationships with the officers. All of the young
blacks who came in where either going to college
at NIU, or their girlfriend was attending the
college. They were cool because it was comforting
to a degree to interact with a "peer".
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates? Victor: All i did was be who I am. i was minding my own
business, working out daily, showing them not to
mess with me. i am a very athletic young man by
the way. I didn't walk around gang banging, not
being an a$$ hole either. I got into an
altercation over a game of cards because another
young man knew how to set the deck to get all the
better cards and i Called him out on it, and we
almost fought but him an I had a talk no to
embarrass ourselves in front of all these white
people, giving them more reason to believe what
they believe about us as young black men of
America. We agreed and It was all good.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change? Victor: You got to choose you cell if whoever you were
with wanted to move out or the other way around.
MY cell mate would change a lot because i was in
there for so long. BUt when a cell mate would
leave, an inmate who i was cool with and we played
cards a lot, of worked out together, or knew each
other from the world, would move in to the open
bunk. it wasn't allowed but we didnt care.