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Interview with Jen, Kelsey, Charlize and Cody

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 they do.

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