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Interview with Collin, Robbie, Michelle and Lorrie

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Collin: They had one phone that worked some of the time. Usually there was a line ten deep to get on the thing.
Robbie: there were telephones in the cell block but it was hard to use one cause everyone else was constantly on them.
Michelle: Yes, we could use the phones from 8 am until 10 pm everyday.
Lorrie: yes but they didnt work most of the time

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Collin: I think it was 9 bucks. It was ridiculous. It was hard to make a call to somebody on a cell phone which was the case with my wife so it was a pain in the butt to do that.
Robbie: it was collect calls only unless you had a calling card that someone on the outside sent you.. I guess they spent at least 10 dollars per call depending how long you talked.
Michelle: As long as your call was local you can call for $3 a call but if it is long distance then your call is like $15.
Lorrie: $30.00 it was almost $10 for each call you made so it was really expensive

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Collin: No, they didn't have anything like that in there.
Robbie: You could if somebody sent you one on the outside you didnt have to the option to buy one from the inside
Michelle: No, you were never allowed to buy phone cards. They said they were going to start it but never was.
Lorrie: no but your family had to have them in order for you to call them

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Collin: They said they did but I don't think they listened in much.
Robbie: yes the were always recorded.
Michelle: It says on the recording that the call was subject to recording but I never knew of any being recorded.
Lorrie: YES if it sounded like you were making a 3way call it would end the call

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