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Interview with Ray, Oscar and Marshall

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Ray: In the dorms you can use the phones when count is not going on. The cell blocks you can use the phone when they let you out between counts but a courtesy line is established by yelling and calling a place in line. Hopefully everyone follows the rules and doesn't cause a problem.
Oscar: only at the assigned rec. times and there is only one phone per wing
Marshall: yes i had access to telephones

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Ray: The system that is used in CT is a prepaid account where the callee puts money on the inmates phone account so the inmate can make a 15 minute call. I believe you can call up to 3 times per day. Some inmates can't deal with being away from home so they call all the time. Some call more than their maximum allowed by unsaid means.
Oscar: the phones are too expensive and the average inmate spends $35.00 on the phone with limited calls
Marshall: they charge through cards im sure inmates spent 20$+ a week on phone calls or more depending on how long the calls are

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Ray: No, just have money on the account and have selected numbers to call
Oscar: no we cant buy phone cards for calls
Marshall: no but the person your calling does

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Ray: Most of the time. The officers have a designated post for that job.
Oscar: yes you have to put in numbers to be approved then they also record and monitor the calls
Marshall: yes they do in every jail

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