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Interview with Kelsey

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Kelsey: Yes sometimes we had access to telephones. I also remember a number of times that the phones were broken and we did not get to make calls as regularly as we would like to. Honestly I learned that you are better off staying off the phone because it can be very expensive and extremely emotional. Its difficult talking to those on the outside when you are stuck in there.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Kelsey: To make a call it would cost fifty cents per minute. And those minutes would go very quickly.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Kelsey: Getting a phone card was the only way to call out other than collect calls. And collect calls were even more expensive.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Kelsey: I'm not sure if the jail ever screened my calls or not. I know other inmates whose calls were recorded and then printed out and used against them in court. They state at the begining of the call that it will be recorded.

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