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Interview with Mario

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Mario: I did not find it difficult to get along with other inmates and avoided conflict. Due to it being a jail in a smaller town that was mostly white, there weren't many problems when compared with a larger jail such as Tulsa County where there is an abundance of gang activity and a greater number of people per containment area.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Mario: I noticed the people that had the most problems were the ones who didn't know when to be quiet, or those who thought they had to be tough to keep from being messed with. This kind of behavior isn't really necessary in a jail like Payne County like it is in larger jails in big cities.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Mario: The inmates are not able to choose their cellmates, and you are assigned a cell upon intake to the jail. You stay in the same cell for the remainder of your stay unless there are problems between you and your cellmate.

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