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Interview with JD

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
JD: Access to telephones was allowed during the certain hours of the day (not during meals, nighttime, or role call) The telephones were controlled by staff and were dependent on the PODs overall behavior. Also, the phones worked on a collect call method, one could only call someone if the cal lwas made to a LAN line, thus calls could not be made to cellphones, pagers ect.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
JD: It was collect calls only. One would dial a lan line number and would then state one's name. It would transfer the call and an automated voice would ask the call recipient if they would accept the call and collect call charges from the jail.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
JD: No, collect calls only, restricted to lan line phone numbers.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
JD: Yes, upon dialing a number and automated voice recording would warn the caller that the call might be monitored by the authorities for security and investigative purposes.

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