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Interview with Alan and Martin

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Alan: I did not have to get into any fist fights, but did have to stick up for myself in an aggressive manner. Mostly I kept to myself and slept a lot.
Martin: yes i was coming off methand paceing around alot and inmates generaly dont like that also i learned jail isnt the place for me i hardly got along with anyone

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Alan: to avoid fights and problems I had to keep to myself, mind my own business and not make eyes contact or initiate any conflict. Keep my mouth shut, not get involved with other inmates playing card games, not fight over what was on TV. Show respect to others. Go along to get along. Maintain personal hygiene.
Martin: yes i had to switch cell blocks a couple times there was one inmate in particular that was exteremly dangerous a guy that was convicted of cooking apound of meth and he went from cell block to cell block starting fights with inmates smaller than him he should have been iscolated permanatly

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Alan: My cellmate and I arrived at the same time. I was not able to pick my cell mate. I had the same cell mate for my entire stay in jail.
Martin: no you can never chose your cell mates inmates would get shuffeled to other jails freqently after every court apperance as far away as missourri and all over central iowa

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