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Interview with Ryan and Kathryn

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ryan: I found it difficult to get along with other inmates. Most of them had been in and out of the system several times and were in for aggressive or violent crimes. I wanted to just keep my head low, do my time and get home.
Kathryn: Yes. There were so many different personalities. There was only one pod for the women. Some women had been there for awhile.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ryan: I kept to myself as much as I could. To avoid any problems, it was necessary to not talk to the guards at all about anything that happened (fights, etc) You had to learn when you could or couldn't use the gym area, a schedule was deterimined by inmates who had been there a long time. things like that. Basically, inside the jail, the inmates had their own set of rules and you just had to follow those and you'd be left along for the most part
Kathryn: I read alot, and tried to ignore the trouble makers. I also made friends with the more popular groups

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ryan: You were at first assigned your cell and cellmate. After being inside if there was someone you knew, or wanted to room with, you could request it to the guard on duty, but there was never a guarantee you would get it.
Kathryn: No, I had about 6 different cellmates

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