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Interview with Chuck

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Chuck: Not really. It was a little awkward at first because I'm quiet but the first cell block I was in was holding one of my uncle's best friends from growing up, a guy who went to school with an aunt and uncle of mine, and a kid who grew up in the same small rural area I had. It also helped that I was barely 18 at the time and I ended up sort of being the young kid everyone looked out for and made sure was ok. When I was transferred to a new block the main guy (all the cell blocks have one guy whose unofficially in charge) was my old boss from a job I had while I was still in high school.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Chuck: Nothing, the closest I ever got to a fight with another inmate was in the first cell block. It was a work release block so 3/4 of the inmates were gone during the day. One of the inmates had the game risk under his bunk so I decided to play it one day while he was out working. When he got back I found out that he was supposed to have given it back a couple weeks before so he was hiding it during the day to keep it. I waited an hour or two for things to calm down and then went over to his bunk and apologized and told him I didn't know that he had it hidden for a reason.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Chuck: It wasn't really a cell. I was in a cell block with 30-40 other inmates other than while I was in holding cells which were pretty much just luck of the draw.

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