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Interview with Roxie and Jaime

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Roxie: No, not at all. I was not the 'norm' in jail. I was a 42-year-old woman with two children. I'd had a great job as a Business Office Manager for an orthopedic practice; was a Girl Scout Mom; went to Church. I was told I did not look like the 'average' jail inmate, and thus other inmates seemed to respect and want to protect me. As I had been severely injured in the crash, I still had some residual physical problems and seemed 'fragile' to the other women.
Jaime: It wasnt difficult to get along. Most of the people i was in with were going to be there awhile or were going to prison so we got to kbow each other a bit. We all tried to make the best of our time and even have fun.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Roxie: I do not recall having any problems with any of the other ladies in the jail (inmates nor custody staff). Butte County Jail is fairly small-town. At first, I kept to myself, difficult in a 12-man tank; and stayed out of other's disputes. The longer I was there, though, the more I adapted and would mediate disputes. I was very involved in the on-site ministry, and have found over the years that if you are seen as a genuine Christian, there is a respect given.
Jaime: I didnt have to go out of my way to avoid problems. As in any situation a little commen courtesy goes a long way. Being respectful of different religions, sexualities and life experiances helps. Having fun the best we could helped. So does not prying into other peoples personal lives.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Roxie: No, I was fortunate to be placed in the 'misdemeanor' tank, though I was there for a felony. The custody staff were very nice, and seemed concerned. I was always in a cell with at least 8- 12, and never had a problem. There was frequent turnover, of course.
Jaime: No, i didnt have the option of choosing a cellmate. Cellmates didnt change much, just if someone was bailed out, released, moved or sent to prison. However after about a week i was moved to an open pod and bunks were not assigned. It was still really overcrowded and over a week before i got an actual bunk, i moved to a better bunk after a month or so. A few people came through who were there a week or less, but for the most part i was in there with the same group of people

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