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Interview with Virginia and Shaun

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Virginia: Yes many women where coming off of drugs and were thrown into regular population and made it difficult for us.. that werent coming off anything. They were sick and ill.
Shaun: I got into several arguments some heated yet managed some how to stay out of a fight. A good potion of the men in jail seemed to know each other.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Virginia: I tried staying away from most of the inmates especially the ones that were labled trouble but it wasnt easy I had a few altercations that I was lucky and didnt get into trouble for but had to stand my ground.. Im not sure anyone could understand unless they have been there their self
Shaun: I had to stay to myself to avoid the more aggressive or violent inmates. Mostly read the Bible, self help material and novels. Also played a little cards with guys i grew to know. Stayed away from gambling or borrowing from the loan sharks. Mainly staying to myself was what helped.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Virginia: No you dont get to choose. My first room mate was a female coming off crack. She was sick and ill all the time, we ending up getting into a few arguments.
Shaun: I was not allowed the chance to choose a cell mate or change cell mates. I did have a bunch of different cell maates as my stay was seven months .

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