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DeKalb County Jail Telephones, Georgia

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Interview with Joey, Bob, Anne, Beth, Gary, Cheev, JJ, Denise, Brett, Andrew and Bethany

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Joey: yes
Bob: Somewhat regular, usually for a few hours twice a day.
Anne: Yes.
Beth: yes, but they were collect, which didnt help.
Gary: Yes. They would turn on after breakfast and cut off after lunch, then turn on after we were let out again and turned off right before bedtime.
Beth: NO
Cheev: yes but i was not able to get my phone #s
JJ: yes when officers found it convient for them
Denise: Yes, collect calls only, and they were extremely expensive.
Brett: Phones were in the units, but the prices were very high. Collect only.
Andrew: yes but it cost a lot
Bethany: yes we had phones but we had a time too use them and a time they were cut off

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Joey: $3 for a collect call
Bob: Only collect calls were permitted, was pretty expensive.
Anne: Collect calls - $2.50.
Beth: it was collect
Gary: The charges were outrageous. 1.50 per minute and the calls were horrible quality and the system they used would often drop calls or eat up prepaid minutes without reason.
Cheev: dont know
JJ: the charges that applied were $25.00 for 10 minutes
Denise: My grandmother told me a fifteen minute conversation would cost about twenty dollars on her bill. But she always took them, bless her heart, and comforted me through it all.
Brett: Phone calls were almost 20 dollars a call. If someone buys 50$ worth of phone credit so you can call them, you will only get about 3 calls.
Andrew: the calls used to be twenty 5 dollars for the smallest plan your family could purchase but that changed when i left now it about 15 dollars a call which adds up to a lot depending on how much you call per day
Bethany: the people u call like family had too put money on there phone so u can call out

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Joey: No
Bob: Not permitted phone cards, wouldn't have worked anyway.
Anne: No.
Beth: no, the person that your calling just needs to accept your collect call.
Gary: The person you call would have to put money on their account to be able to receive calls.
Cheev: dont know
JJ: yes
Denise: No. That was not an option.
Brett: Someone has to call a number to buy the phone credit, there were no phone cards to buy. Or the person you're calling has to have collect calls acceptance on their phone.
Andrew: no you need some to call
Bethany: not in jail outside the jail only

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Joey: I have no idea
Bob: No incoming calls, outgoing were subject to monitoring.
Anne: I am not sure but I think so.
Beth: yes
Gary: As far as I know, yes.
Cheev: dont know
JJ: yes
Denise: The recording said they did, but I seriously doubt it.
Brett: Yes, the jail screened your calls.
Andrew: yes every call you make is screened
Bethany: yes all the times... good

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