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Interview with Sarah, Sandra and Lyle

JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Sarah: I did not find it difficult since I stayed to myself. People locked up with me also were friends of my husband
Sandra: I didn't have any trouble with any inmates except one. He was a young child and would make noise while we were all trying to sleep so I admonished him.
Lyle: It was difficult. There were many young, immature teens, and "twenties," acting like jail is fun, and many clashes of personalities. Liars, thieves, and con men trying to get over on people.

JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Sarah: watching all my items and tracking everything
Sandra: I had to just take whatever annoyances were present and not react. So I just let it all slide. But I did allow the others to watch whatever they liked on TV without complaint and I traded food for drinks which was what I preferred and to lose weight also.
Lyle: I stayed in my cell or slept often. I got to know just a few guys in my age group, and played cards with only certain people, as to not interact with the riff raff. I basically kept to myself, and avoided all of the confrontations that others were involved in.

JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Sarah: No
Sandra: Cells were individual so no sharing was going to happen. Others came in and out of the pod often though and I ended up being one of the longest there.
Lyle: I could not choose a cellmate. They changed often depending on court dates, and their behavior also got them moved from cell to cell, or from one block to another.

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