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Interview with Ryan

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Ryan: 3 or 4. A lot of time they weren't even working.

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: 3.50 a phone call for 10 minutes. It was just collect call.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Ryan: No but now you can get money on the account.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Ryan: All phone calls are screened. When get in there they have you read these three paragraphs and they record your voice. Then when you make a phone call you have to enter in your pin number so they can match up the voice with the pin which means you can be talking about too much to get you in trouble.

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