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Interview with Dave and Miss

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Dave: Some of them. I think I got really fortunate to be in the cell I was in. There wasn't a lot of racial tension, and there weren't a lot of violent people in there. As bad as it sounds I considered myself to be fortunate to be in that cell. I heard about things going on in other cells that I never had to deal with. I felt supported by the other inmates. I had never been in trouble before and after they heard my story, they helped me deal with being in jail.
Miss: I was only in the holding cell. The other 2 women in there were ok. They didn't any problems, and I didn't cause them any, in order to not make things any worse on me.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Dave: Most of the guys weren't educated. I was the only one with a college education. A few other guys had their GED/High School. I was sometimes offended by how ignorant people were. There was only one guy the whole time I ever had a confrontation with, and our group got him moved to another dorm area by making a request to the guards.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Dave: I asked to have one guy moved out of my area and the jail moved him. The guards were kind of nice. They can't be too nice, but if you wanted to talk to them about something, they would let you. Sometimes they would respond to your requests.

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