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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Ron: In general they weren't hard to get along with. There were a few exceptions, though - there are inmates in there who are just looking for a fight. You should just keep to yourself and do your time as quickly and incident-free as possible. If you are doing a long stretch, though, you have to plan on having some problems and learn how to hold your own if needed. Be humble but not submissive. If somebody tries to start something with you you have to be willing to stand up for yourself and fight if necessary.
Amber: No I didnt find it difficult to get along with other inmates, Due to mental problems that I have, I was in the Psych Room so I didnt communicate with anyone
Debra: No I have never had a problem with other inmates. I stick to myself. I would pray, work out, eat, and sleep. I never got any charges or write ups with any inmates.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Ron: Just keeping to yourself and showing respect. If you are doing a long stretch (anything more than a couple months) you will inevitably make friends. Be careful who your friends are. Having the right friends who are also respected by other inmates can protect you from a lot of stuff.
Amber: Due to some mental problems that I have I was on suicide watch on the Psych unit, I did not deal with other prisoners, didn't have phone acces, didnt have internet access, didnt have visitor acces, didnt have TV access. I was in a 13X11 room by myself. In a gown.
Debra: I just kept my mouth shut and minded my own business. Stay way from those people that are like that and walking away when situations started getting bad and you could tell that something was going to go down. Staying to myself helped me to not have any problems with it. I was also in an out program.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Ron: No, you couldn't really choose your cellmate although people who are there for a long time and are respected by guards an inmates are usually made trustees. Trustees have some pull and can generally help you out if there is somebody you really want to be roommates with.
Amber: Not applicable.
Debra: I didn't get to choose my cellmate. I was in a dorm, myself, and 9 others included. My cellmates changed frequently... They weren't the same for very long at all.

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