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Interview with Sam

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Sam: Their was an Inmate whose bunk was next to my bunk. He had violated parole and was getting ready to go back to prison. He was being meaner than hell and fiercely picking on the inmate whom I shared my bunk bed with. It was hard to get along because my bunkee was being really cool to me, sharing food, and offering me stuff out of his commissary for no particular reason. It was upsetting for me to see this convict pick on my bunkee who was sitting in jail until he went to court for a larceny charge. Come to find out my bunkee was there for ripping off his own Grandmother. A very unsettling situation because I didn't want to be around anyone going to the joint, let alone partake in the mentality of 'going back to the joint', no longer wanted to stick up for nor pick on the 'bunkee' who was nice to me, but was lodged in jail until he was sentenced for robbing his Grandmother. It was all very unsettling, especially since I was only guilty of an unpaid 5MPH speeding ticket that I felt I dod not deserve in the first place.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Sam: I never get scared or act scared. I treat other inmates the same way I want to be treated. I will immediately tell another inmate if they are doing or saying something that is unfair to myself or the inmates as a whole. I have control of my emotions, anger being one of them, and I do not act out in ways that cause problems or cause an existing problem to escalate.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Sam: I was in a pod with 10 bunk beds, more or less. We could decide what bunk we chose as our own as long as it was an available bunk.

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