JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Pat: The phones are on from morning to night and you can
use them depending on what times your unit is
allowed out the cells. Sam: If you're out of your cell, there is usually a
phone available to use. Sometimes you'd have to
wait on a line, but they're available.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Pat: depending on where you're calling, a single 15
minute phone call can eat up the entire 25 dollars
you put on, even for a call within the state. The
charges are based on area code. But even for a
local 732 or 908, 25 dollars will get you about 5
15 minute calls. Sam: In the county jail, the charges are usually billed
to the person being called. Collect charges are
applied as per location called, and for me they
ran about 12-15 dollars per call.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Pat: There is a phone system that someone must open a
prepaid account to add money in order to accept
your call. Sam: I did not, but some people do.
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Pat: all calls are subject to monitoring. Sam: Supposedly, they record all calls in the event
they need to revisit for evidence.