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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.

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