Interview with Tom, Jessica, Justin D., Pat and Sandi
JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Tom: there were two phones for 1200 men and half the
time someone would agravate a guard and the
phones would be turned off Jessica: only 8 am to 10pm then collect calls only and each
call limited to 8 min Justin D.: Yes Justin: yea from 6am to 10 am you had access.. that is
if they had them turned on Pat: Yes where I was I could use
the phone Sandi: Yes. Once I got to maximum security, which was
7-10 days after I arrived at the jail (I started
out in the psychiatric area). There were 3 or 4
phones in the pod.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Tom: astronomical a five minute local call was
roughly $8.00 and only to numbers pre approved
and that could accept charges for the call Jessica: high costly per minute charges Justin D.: Collect Justin: it would cost 2.65 to connect. and 5.00 for
every 10 minutes after that charge Pat: Not sure you had to buy a
card to make calls and I
didnt do that Sandi: I think that the phone calls charged the recipient
of the call around $7 a minute. Calls would cut
off after about 15 minutes and you would have to
call back. I can't imagine what some inmates would
charge on phone calls. Most of them were not on
the phone all of the time. There was no charge to
call Attorney offices.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Tom: that was suggested to the sheriff and was never
implemented Jessica: no Justin D.: No Justin: no, you usually had your ppl put money on an
account Pat: Yes you need phone cards
or you could do collect calls Sandi: There were no phone cards at the time.
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Tom: every single one Jessica: yes recorded each... booking number was used as
your pin for call to go through Justin D.: Yes Justin: yes. they always screened your calls Pat: I dont know think so Sandi: Absolutely they screened every call and would use
any information they could on inmates in their trials.