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Interview with Zach, Trevor, Andy, Adam, Wesley, Jackie, Ruth, Kristal and Chris

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Zach: If you were able to get dayroom and then able to get on a phone, yes. It is over-charged for just the hook-up fees, 5 bucks just to say hi, then hang up!!!
Trevor: no
Andy: On 3West "the working pod" you're hardly ever locked in your cell so you can use the phone almost pretty much anytime.
Adam: They had public phones on every block
Wesley: There was a daily phone list to sign up to used.
Jackie: no. if your pod was lucky enough to get your one hour of dayroom then you can use the phone, and there are so many women waiting to use the phone sometimes you dont even get a chance to get on one in the litle amount of time you have out. and if they happen to give you outdoor rec that day then you dont get a chance to use the phones or take a shower.
Ruth: You could only use the phone when you were at day room or if the officer face you a court call
Kristal: Yes, with time limits included.
Chris: There were 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?
Zach: Over five bucks just to talk.
Trevor: much
Andy: $5 to collect call to someone.
Adam: It was overcharged like 49 cents a minute or something like that and everyone probably dropped 50$ a week on that
Wesley: Collect charges were applied everytime i called someone. I dont not even venture a guess on an amount but i know it is very costly.
Jackie: it is 25 dollars for 4 or 5 fifteen minute phone calls and they tax you 5 dollars for using a credit card when your family adds phone time to their phone. i would guess some people spend 30- 100 per week of phone calls
Ruth: It dependsds its about 5 dollers a call and i would call about two times a day room 3 days a week if not more and if my family or friends had the money
Kristal: This is something I know nothing about. I never made phone calls while there except to my public defender which was free.
Chris: It was always on the person you were calling as in a collect call charge

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Zach: No, you had to call collect.
Trevor: no
Andy: No
Adam: Yes we needed them or call collect
Wesley: No i never had to do that
Jackie: inmates were able to buy phone time on their commissary which was 5 dollars for 1 fifteen minute phone call and its loaded onto your xreference number and pin code.
Ruth: You could buy call cards if you want and it is cheaper then your family having to pay just to put the money on the phone
Kristal: Not me myself, but the people receiving calls from the jail would have to prepay time on their cell phones.
Chris: No, You could only make collect calls

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Zach: Yes, they say they do.
Trevor: yes
Andy: Probably so don't say anything further incriminating yourself.
Adam: Not sure but I think so
Wesley: All calls arew listened to by the towers
Jackie: yes, there are messages all over the walls that say these phones may be monitored
Ruth: Yes the jail always screened and recorded yourcalls
Kristal: Yes both downtown and also the branch.
Chris: Yes they did always screen them

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