JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Ron: They were pretty good about giving us access to the phones. In
higher security areas you only got phone access when you were out
of your room but in places like snowbird it was pretty much from
breakfast time to like 11 at night. Amber: Didnt have regular phone access Debra: Only in the daytime, unless there was a lockdown.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Ron: I think it was like $5 for 15 minutes or something. Actually the
phones told you it was 15 minutes but the call really didn't cut off
until you were at the 20 minute mark. I'm not sure if they fixed that
yet or not. Amber: I was all collect callling and it was $8 per
call and you had to have money on your books Debra: $50+ a week on phone calls. It has to be $30+ a
week because V connect charges $7.
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Ron: Not in the regular jail. If you are in the annex, though, they have
pay phones (like the kind that take quarters). You can call 800
numbers for free so if somebody on the outside buys you a calling
card and gives you the code you can use them. This will save you a
ton of money on phone calls and means you don't have to keep a
bunch of quarters around. Amber: no but you have to have money on your books Debra: A couple times. It isn't necessary though.
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Ron: I know they did in the main jail. I'm not sure in the annex but I
suspect they probably did. Amber: yes they do screen calls Debra: Yes, the jail records all calls.