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Interview with Milles, Preston, Lauren, Rosa and Dallas

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Milles: i had access to telephones. but it was restricted to the one hour a day we got to be out of the cell. it would have been nice to have the ability to call people that were not near a phone during that hour of the day.
Preston: Yes, we was let out two times A day once in the morning the once in the evenings.
Lauren: Most of the day yes, unlesa it was timw for count, or time to bunk in, or if we were put on lockdown.
Rosa: Yes during walk time we did
Dallas: Yes, when I was on walk time I had access to telephones.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Milles: it was expensive. all calls were dialed collect. there was a connection fee plus outrageously high prices per minute.
Preston: It was $1.75 for A 15-minute call back then. Now it more around $4.15 for a 30-minute call.
Lauren: I believe that aside from regular collect calls which i am not sure what they charhed maybe 2.50, but my mothee was able to set something up through a inmate call plan thing that i beliwve the minimum amount was $50 to set it up.
Rosa: Actually I don't recall because I didn't pay for it but I was on the phone a lot
Dallas: I don't remember how much the calls were. But you have to do it through telmate. I know they aren't cheap.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Milles: no i just had to dial collect.
Preston: No phone cards. We would have to call collect.
Lauren: Not that i can recall.
Rosa: No but You could buy them
Dallas: No, you don't need to but you can if you want to.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Milles: there was a recording that said all calls were monitored and recorded, so i think that they screened them.
Preston: Every phone call was recorded and monitored.
Lauren: Yes, if they choose to. It always states in a recording that calls may be monitored.
Rosa: Yeah of Course they did! Haha.
Dallas: Yes, the jail always screens your calls.

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