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Interview with Clayton, Darryl and Kristofer

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Clayton: we got two phone calls per week
Darryl: Yes you could make collect calls in the pod and then in delainy we had a phone in the room that was on certain hours .
Kristofer: yeah, there were 4 phones on our block, but only 3 worked and there was usually a line for all of them

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Clayton: we receive 2 calls free and 50 cents for each additionl call. i would guess depending onthe person about 3 dollars a week
Darryl: I know I talked to my mom everyday . I am sure it was hundreds of dollars . they charge you more from jail . which isnt fair at all . why should you be charged more because your in jail ?
Kristofer: if you called out it was a collect call. but mostly friends/family would buy calling cards with prepaid minutes. Most inmates probably had someone spending over 50 dollars a week on phone cards

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Clayton: no phone card was needed, you just use your case numbr
Darryl: No you did not need to buy a phone card.
Kristofer: no. the person on the outside had to buy the phone card or else you just called out collect and they had to accept the charges

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Clayton: i am not sure about this but i was suspicious that they do to make sure you didnt say anything incriminating.
Darryl: I dont for certain , but I am sure they did
Kristofer: yes they listened into your calls. same thing with your visits and they opened your mail, both incoming and outgoing

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