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Interview with Nathan

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Nathan: Yes, but that was during the one hour outside of your cell. There were only 4 phones per 60 inmates. They would usually send half the unit out of their cells at a time so that meant you were competing with 30 other inmates to use the phone during that time.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Nathan: The only way you can call is collect and I'm not sure how much it cost.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Nathan: No, collect only.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Nathan: Yes, they tell you they do. I'm sure they did.

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