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Interview with Helen and Leon

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Helen: I didn't have regular access to a telephone.
Leon: There were two phones on the block and you could use them whenever you wanted, except at night.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Helen: I never made a phone call so I'm unsure of what charges were applied. My fiance was in jail and I know that I spent at least $50 a week to talk to him for almost two years but he was in a state prison. I do know that it is expensive.
Leon: It was usually a dollar per minute. You can call collect from Intake but after that you need to have someone put money on your books for the phone, and then you can only call that person.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Helen: I didn't need to buy a phone card.
Leon: Yes, there are no free calls.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Helen: I didn't make any phone calls.
Leon: They listen to every ones phone calls. I've heard stories about people calling their parents and telling them where drugs were hidden in their homes and having the police show up later to search the place.

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