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Interview with Brian, Marty, Linda, Charlie, Mary and Myron

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Brian: YOU can use the phones when ever you were not locked up in your cell . You had to dial collect to call someone at home.
Marty: Yes, but if you made a collect call you only got 20sec on that call.
Linda: only when not locked in
Charlie: yes
Mary: yed we did have regylar access
Myron: Daily phone access either by collect calls or calling cards.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Brian: You had to call collect to call people at home.
Marty: None, unless you buy a phone card from commissary (that is like a store)
Linda: you could only make collect calls
Charlie: collect call charges
Mary: the phone calls were 250 a call and I wpuld guess the averege is 50
Myron: A collect call could be $10 easily for less than 5 minutes. Calling cards some guys spent as easy $50 a week, average is like $20.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Brian: No, you did not have to buy cards. You had to call collect when calling home
Marty: If you wanted more than 20sec? yea
Linda: you can now not when i was there
Charlie: no
Mary: yes you did need to buy phone cards
Myron: Phone cards help, also family can open am account with the phone company and pay that way too.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Brian: There was a recording on there that said that they recorded calls etc.
Marty: Every single call that goes out!
Linda: yes
Charlie: dont know, if they did there would have been a good reason im sure.
Mary: yes they did screen calls
Myron: After a pfa was issued the one number I called got blocked, unless I used another inmates info to call. So yes they did record as well usually only monitored given suspicious activity.

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