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Interview with Tom and Abe

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tom: If you want to put yourself out there in convesation people might listen but I wasn't sayng much to anyone. I kept my mouth shut and ears open. I did't find it terribly hard.
Abe: No I did not speak one on one with any inmates. I only communicated with the jail staff such as the deputies and medical personnel. I found this to be a good practice in hindsight.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tom: Be respectful. I find the more you talk to somebody the more you get involved with someone the more you can build a relationship. On the other hand that can cause problems too if someone else decides you're getting to close. You have to walk that fine line of getting involved and staying to yourself.
Abe: As I said in the previous response. I did not actively communicate with other inmates. This was the ultimate decision that kept me from enduring problems or fights. I did not want to risk the good time that I had accrued while I was at the Wayne County Jail facility.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tom: No it was predetermined. When you first get there, you're put into intake for 72 hours. You'll be tested for TB and things like that then sent in to gen pop.
Abe: I did not have a cellmate. We were enclosed in a dormitory style setting with bunks beds in an open floor layout with one TV and some board games and telephones.

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