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Interview with Ted, Lisa, Tania and Thomas

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ted: No, the type of person I am, I don't deal with anybody.
Lisa: yes most were mean and crazy and mental and most were fighters and i just stay to my shelf didnt think about that at all and read a good book
Tania: i found it extremely difficult to adjust to other inmates because i had been placed in the violent offenders block even though my charges were not violent crimes. i was locked up with murder suspects and one in particular who i got a chance to know told me to trust nobody, even her. i kept to myself the entire time and learned a lot about the kind of people in jail.
Thomas: Personally I did not have any hassels probably due to the fact that I have did so much time in the Past [spent over 14 years in prison] so jail is pretty mundane keep your nose out of everyone else's business and and yours stays cool.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ted: I kept to myself so they was alright with me.
Lisa: read and write and play cards and sleep and cleanup and smile count to ten and relax and look out window and take showers and watch tv and listen to music do art and smile and read bible and think about next day to and just relax and about my life
Tania: i had to do what i was told by other inmates based on whom had been there longer, at least that is what i was told. i was also told that there is a certain way they do things and i was to comply otherwise i would be dealt with.
Thomas: I never really had to do a whole lot, I'd choose to sit on my bunk to eat my meals this would get around the "Your in my spot" theme that sometimes happens at meal time, I'd show everyone respect by calling them "Sir" until I got to know them. And would study everyone while I was there.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ted: No, it was an open dorm, so you had maybe 30 people in the area.
Lisa: every week we got a new inmate and i never knew them beacuse i stayed to myshelf and stay busy other thing and prayed and thinking about of things and smiles
Tania: i was not able to choose my cellmate. i had an assigned cellmate and would get in trouble if we switched without permission. my cellmate never changed and there were not a lot of women on the violent offenders block where i was.
Thomas: You don't get to choose your cellmates in Marion County and if your lucky You will be sleeping in the day room due to the over crowded conditions of the jail.

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