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Interview with Striker

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Striker: It wasn't too bad getting along with most of the people in there. There were some in there that were just straight up troublemakers, and liked to harass people just for kicks though.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Striker: I mostly slept or read and minded my own business. Sadly, I was one of the only people in there that could actually read and write, so helping other inmates out by reading their letters from friends or loved ones or writing their return letters for them helped me to develop friendships and allies that helped to keep the harassment from other inmates to a minimum.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Striker: Choosing cellmates was not an option, though there were a few people in there that I knew, albeit in other cells and areas of the jail. Every few days we would either receive a new inmate, or one of the current ones in the cell would be released.

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