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Interview with Victor

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.

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