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Interview with Tom

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Tom: In the pods they have phones and allow a fifteen minutes a day. And the same people were on there all the time you

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Tom: You need to set up a line on the outside with a $50 deposit per line and then they charge $1.25 per minute.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Tom: No, you could only set up that outside line and you would have to do it by writing a letter to someone on the outside.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Tom: Yep, they did.

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