JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Sarah: Yes pay phones. Drew: Yes the phones were turned on at five Paul: yes, in the day rooms there are four phones that
you can use to call only the pepole that are on
your visitation list which is blood family or
spouse. They are voice recorded so only you can
call your people.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Sarah: Collect calls are really expensive. It depends
on if you are calling a cell or a house phone.
It costs about $10 just to answer the call. T-
mobile won't acceptthe collect calls. If the
person you are calling has Sprint or Verizon,
they have to have credit already on their phone
account to accept your call. If they have
Cricket you can't call them. Drew: You have to buy a calling card on commissary or have collect
calls so you can call Paul: They sell cards at the commissary windows, 50
Minute, 100 minute cards. OR your family members
can call the phone company in chrge and make a
plan. I didnt use the phones but i would assume
the average inmate spends up to $80 every two
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Sarah: You can buy calling cards on commissary day
(Thurs for the women, the men all have different
days). $10, $20 or $30.
$10 is 20 minutes and so on. To make a call it
takes 3 minutes away automatically. Drew: Yes if you want to talk to someone without collect calls Paul: You could buy phone cards or just set up an
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Sarah: They say they do, but I don't know. Drew: I'm sure due to the area and the drug and cartel violence Paul: The jail does screen your calls. I was actually
locked up with someone who was given a case and
dropped a line class because they had hime
recorded telling his girlfriend to sneak in drugs.