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Summit County Jail Telephones, Ohio

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Interview with Jen, Karen and Will

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Jen: no they keep us on lockdown for anywhere from 20 to 23 hours a day, sometimes for days in a row
Karen: Yes we could use them any time we wanted unless during lock down, but there were always long lines. Lock down was pretty much 80% of the time though.
Will: No, I used it whenever a deputy would allow me to. Like I said it was about once a week if I was lucky. Never more.

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: prositition,soliciting, car theft, domestic violance
Karen: Whoever you called had to set up an account with Global Link. They had to have a credit card and put money on the account. When you called that number the money was deducted according to the minutes used. The call would not go through unless there was money on the card.
Will: It was $5 for a half hr, which didn't seem bad to me. I would guess $10 for those who actually have someone to talk to. There are a lot of guys that don't ever use the phone. I know because the 2 phones where right outside my cell. The same few guys were always on the phone.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Jen: no everything is collect
Karen: No you did not, because of Global Link.
Will: Yes or someone on the outside could set up an account on their phone for you to call them.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Jen: as far as I know they did, thats what the recording said
Karen: The call were recorded or at least they said they were.
Will: No

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