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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

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.

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