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Interview with Ricky

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ricky: There are a lot of ego's in prison, and racism is a hard reality. I did my best to keep to myself, stated in my cell and read a lot.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ricky: You just try to keep to yourself and mingle with your own kind. You don't want to seem weak though, because them you'll be preyed upon... You have to be assertive, and stick up for yourself- it you let one person walk all over you and other inmates see that, then they're all going to walk all over you.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ricky: No. You got who you were assigned with, although I think they tried to put ethnic groups with their own race to avoid arguments and fighting. People came and went pretty frequently, since I was house in minimum, and that's where people are generally sentenced to under a year.

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