JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Dale: Yes. So long as one has sufficient funds in
their commissary account, telephone access is
available, though use is restricted--something
like fifteen minutes at most, no more than three
times a day.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Dale: I don't recall the specifics, but the charges
were not exorbitant. That's not to say they were
dirt cheap, either. I can't really speculate as
to what the average phone use was; some, like me,
spent the maximum amount possible to stay in
touch with family, while others had no one to
call. As per the pricing, see my answer above.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Dale: Not to my knowledge; funds in one's commissary
account could be applied to phone use without
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Dale: I believe they did, though I'm not sure if this
was in every instance. I recall signs posted
noting that calls may be monitored as they might
pertain to pending cases or future charges.