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Interview with Dale

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Dale: Things weren't terribly difficult--it's hardly like what one sees on television. The vast lot of us, above all else, were simply depressed and stressed at being locked up. On the block, we'd manage to joke around some, sort of like a high school cafeteria. Hardly the best time, but not a horrific experience.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Dale: So long as one does not have a combative streak, and doesn't have to deal with anyone who does, fights were an easy thing to avoid. Perhaps I was fortunate in that there were no real sociopaths on my block. My advice to anyone in a similar scenario is that they make an effort to get along, and not make waves.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Dale: I did not know anyone in the facility prior to incarceration, nor was I given the chance to select a "celly." New cellmates were assigned on a mostly regular and somewhat frequent basis.

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