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Interview with Drew and Matt

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Drew: I found some were thieves in B and D pod and I certainly couldn't get along with people stealing food for example from me or my cellmates. Though eventually I was accepted as inmate worker in the kitchen.
Matt: I found that I got along for the most part with other inmates, with minor discrepancies. I got along for the most part because I maintained a cool attitude and did not let the circumstances affect me. Any minor issues I had could be blamed upon the suffocating confinements of the pod, and spending day after day, hour after hour with the same people in a small space.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Drew: I had to call one guy out to the yard and challenge him to a basketball game to stay in the room. I had to change cells and when employed leave the Pod entirely. I had to talk to other inmates about the thiving going on and ask for advice on how to handle such a problem.
Matt: Shower every day, wash hands brush teeth, in other words maintain constant personal hygiene. Fights are started over the lack of. Making sure to wipe up my eating area and saving any food I didn't eat. Any excessive complaining can lead to a fight. Taking my turn when it came to clean the cell (sweep, mop, wipe windows, take out garbage). Maintain a positive attitude, any negativity can result in one being 'rolled out'. Clean shower after use. Just basically being clean, respectful, constantly cool, never sad.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Drew: no i was not able to choose anyone as my cell mate. My cellmates would change like every six weeks or so. It all depended on our behaviors at any given time.
Matt: I was not able to choose anyone as my cellmate. My cellmates would change periodically, as sentences ran up and other new inmates came in. For the most part I had the same cellies.

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