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Interview with Jared, Bree, George, Sherry and Timothy

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Jared: yes in a way. the problem is that the tougher guys would try and control the phones
Bree: when i wasnt working or on lockdown yes
George: yes but i never used them
Sherry: When we were off lockdown yes unless privileges were taken away.
Timothy: Yes, in the tents we had times we could make calls.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Jared: im not sure
Bree: i seen one girl go through over 250.00 weekly so i guess it all depends on how much money you got
George: Im pretty sure there is a service fee.The average inmate with family probably spend at least 20 a month.
Sherry: It was expensive the average inmate could go through 60 a week in phone calls. I was not so fortunate.
Timothy: At this time i believe it was 1.50 per 15 minute call, i personally called my parents a few times a week so it wasn't bad, but if you had a family or someone you talked to a lot, it could add up. Id say the average inmate spends about 5.00 a week on calls.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Jared: no
Bree: no we didnt use phone cards, the person you call must call the company and put mins on the phone, one 15 minute call is usually almost 3 bucks
George: no didnt have anyone to call.
Sherry: no however the person on the reciveing end would need to accept the charges with a credit card.
Timothy: No, the person you were calling had to have a balance on their phone number to accept the call though.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Jared: yes
Bree: im pretty sure every jail screens your calls
George: I dont know but they probably do.
Sherry: Im assuming so they invade every other part of you being.
Timothy: Yes before every call they would tell you that the call is being recorded.

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