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Interview with Tony

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tony: Not really I am I guess the ultimate people person, I have on occasion been in some difficult situations, for instance I was in holding with a black guy on one side and a white supremacist on the other. 12 X 12 cell with eight people, The white guy started in with the black guy, I reminded him that whatever trouble or however tough he was, would not help him out of his situation and asked him if he thought it was worth the trouble of getting into more trouble for someone he automatically didn't like anyway, By asking him a question instead of demanding or telling I resolved the problem. Because no matter what your in for or your color everybody wants the same thing, to be out.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tony: You don't have to be humble but you do have to show respect for others, You may run into a person who just wants to throw around his weight, but usually this can be handled thru not ignoring him/her but showing respect and asking questions about something they care about, whether it be there family or whatever, just get there interest in something else.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tony: NO

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