JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't. Jonathan: I didn't find it hard at all to get along with
other inmates. We're all in a bad situation.
Pretty much nobody wants to be locked up. If
you've been in the system, you'll know some guys
who have also been in it, and are still in it. But
humor and comedy helps a lot. Even humor over the
terrible circumstances you're in. Mike: Yes and no, I did find it hard to get along with many inmates at
first, it appears that most of them know each other from the street
or other stints in jail, I didn't have a lot in common with most of
them. This being said I didn't have any problems and was able to
make friends as I went, its like going to a new summer camp. Once
you learn the social graces of Jail you are generally fine.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates? Jonathan: I'm a fighter by trade, so I wasn't really
concerned about fights. I was also a successful
wrestler in High School and College. If two
inmates have a problem, they are supposed to lock
in. Meaning they go into a cell, put a towel over
the window, and fight. Nobody was going to lock in
and fist fight me. I locked in with two guys, and
I wrestled. They tapped out. That was that, and
nobody gets lugged to "The Hole." Mike: Be respectful, that is key, be respectful of other peoples space while
standing up for your own. Also be respectful of yourself, shower
and be mindful of the people you are living in close quarters with.
If you can help someone out great, maybe they want help,
everyones in the same shitty boat, tensions are high, you just got to
keep your head on your shoulders.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change? Jonathan: My first night in Dedham the unit was packed. I
was given a dirty cell mate. His was the only
opening, and it became evident why. But after a
couple days, I switched cells, after I asked to
be moved with a guy that I had become friends
Yes, they'll usually let you move cells if both
parties agree. Mike: Yes sometimes you could change cells with someone and get into a
cell with a friend (assuming you are in the same block as them, and
they want you) my cell mates only changed due to people moving to
different units and then eventually people getting released and new
people coming in.