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Interview with Ron, Tiffany, Hugh and Stevan

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Ron: no!! not allways seems like just when we would get a good program going the cops would take our phones from us, this happened alot around the holidays,to raise up the stress to get us to fightwith each other so they could lock us back down & get hazerd pay.
Tiffany: There was a phone on the wall when they were booking me, it looked like it was only to use for bail bonds services. In my POD, you have up to four hours in the day room, outside of your POD. There is two pay phones there and they call collect to callers, they must be local. This is the 20th century and most people don't have home phones. Cell phones don't accept collect calls.
Hugh: Yes, the amount varies with where you are housed, but you are allowed at least an hour a day.
Stevan: Every time we got dayroom

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Ron: something like one doller fifty cents for the first minute, firteen cents for every minute after that, really high . most of these phone companies if not all of them are owned by law inforcement agencies throughout the united states..
Hugh: The system has changed a lot, but I remember someone saying that after a month the bill was almost $800.00
Stevan: People have to purchase a calling card for bout twenty five buck that would go fast as fuck

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Ron: i was never down or at a place that alowed that type of phone call systems.
Hugh: Now you have to buy cards.
Stevan: Yes I did but I didnt

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Ron: yes if you got a new tattoo, & bragged about it over the jail phone lines soon you could expect to get a visit from S&E security & extractionto check out your new tattoo,s 7 give you a write up..
Hugh: Yes, it says so before you are connected.
Stevan: yes they are all being recorded

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