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Interview with Katrina, Rachel, Graham, Gordon, Marcus, Melissa and Andrea

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Katrina: yeah when we werent on lock down so from 6am-215pm and about 5pm-10:15pm
Rachel: Yes
Graham: Pretty much yes. But sometimes the phones were broken or they would turn them off on us.
Gordon: Yes, payphones that were extremely expensive.
Marcus: 2 phones in each room for collect calls
Melissa: There are phones on the wall, they're available as long as you are not "locked down" which happens from 2-5pm and 10pm-5:30am daily.
Andrea: There is a bank of phones on the wall. You have access as long as it is not lockdown, which is from 2-5pm daily, and 10pm-5am.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Katrina: collect about 5.oo for 15 mins
Rachel: Collect
Graham: Per week?? Wow that would be ALOT of money. I'm guessing over $400 a week.
Gordon: I have seen persons spend in upwards of $ 300.00 per month on the phones.
Marcus: They were pretty expensive collect calls, more cosly than normal collect calls if I remember correctly. I'd have to say none to litterally hundreds, depended on the inmate. Some people practically lived on the phones..
Melissa: It was about $3.50 per call, but they have to set up an account, and they pay a fee for that, and a fee for reloading that account. How much you spend depends (obviously) on how much you use the phone. They never bothered to set my PIN up correctly to use the telephones, and didn't particularly care to fix that, even when I complained repeatedly. I never got the Required By Law "Free Call" at booking.
Andrea: $3.50 per collect call charged to a phone card account that the person you are calling must set up. Initial charges of like $5 plus $5 every time they add money to the card. 15 minute phone calls for $3.50

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Katrina: no but you could off canteen
Rachel: Couldve
Graham: No the people you called were the ones who put the money on.
Gordon: No, you had to call collect. That was so that they could trace all calls.
Marcus: they were all collect calls.
Melissa: It was more of signing up online for a virtual phone card.
Andrea: You could call collect, but cell phones won't allow collect calls and many home lines have prison calls blocked inherently.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Katrina: yes they do
Rachel: Never used the phone
Graham: Yes all the time. And they would press charges if you talked about crime or talk to someone you weren't suppose to
Gordon: Every one of them. Especially the violent cases and all high profile cases. many persons had those calls come into evidence in their cases.
Marcus: Yes they did, that's how I finally got medical attention because one of the officers that came to get me for the threat ended up helping me.
Melissa: Absolutely.
Andrea: Absolutely. Listening and recording.

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