JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Jerry: The phones are turned on at 6 am and get shut off whenever
the television does which is usually around 10 pm. Pat: yes payphones on the wall with unlimited use
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Jerry: I called long distance and each 15 minute call was about $5.
Most inmates use the phone at least once per week. Some
use it every day. it all depends on who loves you. Pat: Only collect calls cant call cell phones unless
the person on the outside sets there phone up
for it I believe it was between 5 an 10 bucks a
phone call unless you bought a pre paid phone
card on average probably 25 to 50 bucks a week
if not more.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Jerry: You can buy phone cards or you can call collect or your
people can connect a credit card to their number. If someone
puts money on your books, you can buy a phone card. If you
call someone, they can pay for the call with a credit card. Pat: yes unless someone on the outside set there
phone up to accept collect call or someone had a
landline that could accept them.
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Jerry: Generally if you are fighting a serious case, the DA can and
will listen to your call and make sure you don't call anyone who
is on a restraining order. Pat: yes it tells you every 30 seconds and when you
get your hand book that they can and do screen