Interview with Ryan, Alex, George, Diana and Maria
JM: Did you have regular access to telephones? Ryan: YES Alex: Yes WHEN THEY WERE WORKING. They didn't seem to be in a rush
to fix them if they weren't. There are 6 telephones per tier and at
any given time, only about half were in working condition. With 42
men on a tier and a 20 minute time limit per call, it was sometimes
a full day before you could make a call. Better hope someone's
there to answer. George: YES Diana: Yes I had regular access to phobe Maria: Yes. We had regular access to the phones.
JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls? Ryan: COLLECT CALLS ONLY Alex: It was $3.95 plus .20 per minute. I ran up a $800 phone bill. George: COLLECT Diana: I guess you would send like 30 dollars a week depending on
how much you talk Maria: Well, they were all collect calls, and I had
promised my mom that I wouldn 't run up her bill.
Some people were spending fifty dollars a week and
JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out? Ryan: NO Alex: No phone cards were available. George: NO Diana: Yes you must buy phone cards Maria: No, back in those days, they didn't have all of
JM: Did the jail screen your calls? Ryan: YES Alex: YES. No, there wasn't a guard actually there but when you place
your call, an automated voice tells you that all calls are recorded
and screened. George: YES Diana: Yes the jail screens calls Maria: I don't really know. Probably.