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Interview with Dale

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 much hassle.

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.

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