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Interview with Pat and Sam

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.

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