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Interview with Tonya

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Tonya: Personally I did not find it hard with most. Of course after a while people get on your nerves with drama or attitude clashes but, I personally utilized my time trying to be helpful to those who needed it.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Tonya: Keep busy and not gossip. Don't tell too much of your situation to too many people. They tend to throw things up in your face if they are having a bad day. There are classes to take if you choose and I opted to work in the garden program which allowed me outdoor time with a limited few.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Tonya: No you could not choose. You could suggest and it would be up to the officer on duty. Cellmates changed quite often as peoples sentances expired and plenty of new people arrived often.

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