Interview with Mickey, Nate, Anne, Ryan, Erik and Chris
JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't. Mickey: Some, not all. Nate: No. The only hard thing was some of the inmates
coming off drugs or alcohol. Anne: I was so depressed and feeling out of my element,
the females I talked to were older 45-50ish
ladies who were only walking during the time out
of the cell Ryan: no Erik: I found it wasy to keep casual conversation with
most inmates. There were a few that kept to
themselves, but most were social. In the quarantine
pods, it felt like the first day of school. Some
people seemed like good friends while others
wandered around in a world of there own. Chris: I did not find it hard to get along with the other
inmates. As long as you just be cool and have no
attitude no one will bother you at all.
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates? Mickey: I avoided saying things in an abrupt manner, I
made friends quickly, and avoided confrontation. Nate: I just kept to myself and stayed out of the jail
drama. Anne: I put up with two lesbian lovers being in the
same pod.. and one of them a 'leader'. giving
them ample time to 'sign' to each other, walk by
and flash nudity to each other (and in the
process be subjected to this embarrassing chain of
events. Ryan: see above Erik: Just showing respect to others keeps things nice
and smooth. I tried to be open to what others were
saying, even if I knew it was complete bull crap.
I found myself thinking twice on calling people on
the apparent lies they told everyone. Just being
easy going made life easy. The quarentine pods
seem to be violence free for the most part. Chris: The only thing that I really had to do to avoid
problems with other inmates was to just be cool with
everybody. I didn't have attitude with anyone or
walk around like I was somebody. I treated
everybody with respect. Respect is the biggest
thing. If you keep your head up you're cool.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change? Mickey: No. Nate: No. Anne: I was finally rolled in toward nine o'clock at
night. I have ran into three girls I was in with
and they are doing great. Ryan: no prior acquaintance, but there is always someone
to relate to. Erik: No. You are assigned a cell once brought to the pod.
In quarentine (classification) people come and go. I
had 5 different cell mates within a week. Some
people are in quarantine for 48 hours, others for
weeks. There were many inmates stuck in quarantine
waiting for a max cell to open up. Chris: No. You are hot able to choose your own cellmate.
Cellmates are just given to you. Cellmates would
change at random depending on jail's housing status
at the time being.