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Interview with Kate

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Kate: iam generally a nice person so I got along fine I also have a lot of jail experience so I kind of know the ropes. but I had issues with the women there who were considered bullys because we are all the same and I didn't like to see the weaker ones taken advantage of.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Kate: always keep my personal life to myself, listen but not comment! avoid gossip and cliques, females tend to revert to jr high school attitudes so the number one thing is to maintain good hygiene, keep your own life private, be kind to everyone and respect space and mind your business. i watched everyone to assess their ways and just read a lot and slept a lot. I was blessed to have money on my inmate account so I had everything I needed basically don't ask anyone for anything, bcuz nothing is free. keep your mouth shut but your eyes open, take a shower and accept your situation for what it is. don't judge and never bring anyone home!!

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Kate: no we were not allowed to choose and at that time it was an open dorm with about 30 bunks but only about 40 a lil over half full. and everyday the people change

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