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Interview with Darrin and Jessica

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Darrin: Yes. many of the young inmates think they have something to prove especially if it is there first time in the jail. they frequently try to start fights with other inmates to try to get control of the cell or prove they are not a punk when the older inmates just want to do there time and go home to their families.
Jessica: Yes and no. Really its an open concept. Then you have people that are up all night after lights out talking. Then you have people that get up at 6am when lights come on. People in a closed area either make it or don't. Women I have found think they run the roost. You have people that want to be left alone, people who cry, people who are pissed off. I mean really I just kept to myself. But you can make it fun we played charades. Worked out. Made time go by.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Darrin: most of the time i would spend my time on my bunk in my cell to avoid the young kids that want to gamble and fight and talk bout the women they used or want to use and talk about the drugs they used and wanted to use soon as they get out and them being loud and obnoxious.
Jessica: Now in county people would fight I personally never had any issues its kinda like this, if you carry yourself well you should be just fine. I am talking manners respect and faith. But there are always those who wanna tell you what to do. You cant show fear. They will eat you up...cause that's what they like. Then they can have a hold on you. It is like high school for troubled style.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Darrin: at Montcalm County Jail the computer and guards chose where you lock at there is no choice of what cell or bunk you get. although they do try to put like personalities together when they can to reduce fights.
Jessica: Well county no but prison yes. County they put people where they want they really do a good job of keeping the loud ones in a cell and the quite ones in a cell. Now there was 10-12 people in my cell at all times. They would change regularly. People would come in couple days leave. Some have been there months.

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