JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Jen: Here's how the phone issue goes
General Population: all access
Minimal Security: access when you are allowed to
get out of the cell
Maximum Security: No access unless released form
the cell Kelsey: TULARE:
If your floor was programming you could use the
phone when it was your turn in line Charlize: yes Cody: Yes, in Main Jail the phones were in our cell. We had two of them,
one of which didn't work. Anytime between about 8 AM and 11 PM
your could use them. In Pre-Trial there was three phones, one of
which didn't work, that you could use whenever you weren't on
lockdown, which was a pretty good majority of the day.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Jen: The cost for the 1st minute is 3.75, and after
that is like 1.50 per minute Kelsey: Collect calls from us to outside world Cody: $3.75 for the call and then $1.50 a minute afterwards. The average
inmate I really wouldn't know, but my family probably spend about
$60 in one week. Talk about extortion...
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Jen: No, In fact you get nothing to buy calls out. You
can only call collect to whoever you are calling.
This can add up after a week of calls. Kelsey: Not available Cody: You didn't need them, unless whoever you were calling didn't have
money to accept collect calls. But you could buy them off
commissary if you wanted.
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Jen: They always screen all calls, and the recoding
from the beginning of the call tells you that it
is from an inmate at the Tulare county jail, and
that all calls are being recorded and monitored Kelsey: Always Cody: Yes. They screen and record them and make it well known that