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Interview with Charles and Nick

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Charles: When you're light skinned you're always going to have trouble because now you're in the midst of guys who have committed multiple crimes and you got guys under traumatic stress. Trouble is going to go down.
Nick: It is always hard to get along with everyone,but you find your click's that you play cards with , a place to sit at meal times and unless your just foolish you keep your mouth shut for the 1st few days.I knew I was there for a short time no-one else needed to know.My deal was to sit back and observe , and stay away from the trouble makes.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Charles: You can't avoid fights. If you don't stand up for yourself when confronted then everyone is going to abuse you. You might escape confrontations but often they are going to push you into fights. Half the guys in there are innocent and the other half are guilty. That's a lot of stress building up. taking victimzig
Nick: Stay away from those that hung in close crowds , chances are they knew each other on the street.Never promise anything you can't deliver, like switching or trading meals. Never borrow commissary, and never ever hang around the CO's desk.They may think your one of theirs.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Charles: They have a double cell but you don't have a choice on who was your roommate.
Nick: In this jail most of the pods are single cells,cells that are double bunked do try and have people that either get along or committed there crimes together

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