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Full interview (by category)Interview with Charles, Rich, Kevin, Molly, Jeremy and Chad
Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
JM: Did you find it difficult to get along with other inmates? Please give examples to explain why you did or didn't.
Charles: No, actually I didn't.
Rich: yes, since ther were 4 men to a cell in the main jail it was very hard to get along. the cells were designed for 2 men, so the entire pod was twice as full as it should have been.
Kevin: Not really, my advice would be to simply watch who you associate yourself with. Some are good people and others are not so good and will generally lead you down a bad path and cause your sentence to be even worse than it has to be. If you make the right friends, who are genuine individuals, it can definitely help pass the time away to have someone to discuss issues and feelings, or just everyday chat topics.
Chad: For the most part I got along with everyone. Had a few arguments with cell mates which is normal when you are cooped up together for six months
JM: What types of things did you have to do to avoid problems or fights with other inmates?
Charles: I really didn't have any problems. Most inmates were respectful.
Rich: you would have to give up your phone time, or good seat for the t.v., or shower time, or card table anytime inmates who were more "respected" wanted you to.
Kevin: Staying away from the card table is a key lesson to learn. More fights in the jail start over cards than any other reason. Other than that, just minding your own business and not getting in the middle of other people's problems.
Molly: I kept to myself.
Jeremy: Not talk to anyone and seem as "mean" as possible.
Chad: Stay to yourself, or watch who you associate with. Don't create any debts, respect what little "space" others have.
JM: Were you able to choose an inmate as your cellmate if you knew one? How often would your cellmate(s) change?
Charles: I actually did know one.
Rich: no you were not able to choose any of your cell mates at any time
Kevin: I was in a trustee dorm so I was not in a cell with a specific individual. There were several other men in the dorm with me, maybe 25, and we all had jobs to do around the jail. People were in and out everyday and there were also "weekenders" who served their time on weekends in the dorm.
Chad: No one could choose cellmates. They changed when they made bond, or after court and either got released or sent to prison.
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