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.