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Interview with Nate

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Nate: for ten mintues a day you can call someone that's on your phone list or you can make a collect cal for 15 mintues but the phone numbers must be on a call sheet that you have to fill out first and it has to be ok with the prison staff.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Nate: if its a collect call it all depends on your phone carrier,I heard of men piling up bills to their love ones in excess of over 200 dollars a month.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Nate: phone cards where not an option.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Nate: yes they always did this

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