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Interview with Jenna, Diane, Norman and Andrea

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Jenna: most times - when they remembered to turn them on that is
Diane: yes, but they can turn them off at any time
Norman: somewhat.. it was hard to get access to the phones most of the time due to lockdowns or very long lines for the few phones they had for all the inmates
Andrea: yes there was regular access to a phone

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Jenna: oh my god !!!! now that should be criminal - you had to have someone deposit money into an account for the phone - a company provided by the jail - calls were limited to 15 mins. but could cost upward of $20.00 - it has been over a year & i have yet to receive the money left over from that account - or from my commissary jail account - was informed that it was a privilege to have while in jail - what was left was then taken as a charge for being there.
Diane: Well since most people operate off their cell phones only now they had to set up an account on a calling card to receive phone calls. It came out to be about fifty dollars for the week.
Norman: it is VERY expensive. we could only call collect to people we had to have approved first and they had to have t-netics on the phone to even be able to be called from and the calls only last at the most 15 minutes and at times the limit was only 5 minutes and it cost about $1.50 a minute
Andrea: the cost for the average inmate that actually have people to talk to is between $50. min to about $100. maybe more

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Jenna: it was a company you had to go thru
Diane: no
Norman: i was not allowed to buy a phone card only way to call was collect thru t-netics
Andrea: if you have a cell phone - the person with the phone has to buy a phone card to be able to accept calls

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Jenna: i imagine they did - a recording informed what was not allowed to be discussed - i was never personally cut off - but i had not broken the discussion rules
Diane: yes I am sure they did.
Norman: of course.EVERY call is recorded and screened
Andrea: yes they screen all calls

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