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.