JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? pete: Yes Jake: Yes but they shut them down regularly, so not
realy. Billy: Yes telephones were accessible but very expensive
to use. Kara: Yes.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? pete: Calling cards and collect calls Jake: $3.00 to connect and about $1.00 for each minute. Billy: usually like 5 bucks to connect.I remember a
phone bill when i got home for 80 bucks for like
5 calls. Kara: Expensive charges to the person you were
calling. Minimum $20 a call; which was
burdensome to family and friends.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? pete: Yes or else I would call home collect and they
would give me a calling card number Jake: We couldn't. WE WERE FORCED to call collect, &
make other people pay for the calls. This was my
biggest issue as it affects innocent people who
care about their troubled loved ones. Billy: no. Kara: Yes unless someone outside is willing to accept
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? pete: Not sure Jake: OF COURSE! I have no proof, but who would. Billy: I dont know Kara: Yes and quite well.