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Interview with Todd, Katie and Burl

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Todd: I had to ask and fill out a request because of my handicap, (needed use of a tty). It was granted pretty much as deputies got to know me.
Katie: Yes,daily useage. There was one phone in each cell block or pod.
Burl: When I was in dane county and milwaukee county yes they leave the phones out all night but they cut them off of at 11

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Todd: I think you needed to buy a calling card for $50?
Katie: You had to have money put on your books to get a calling card in order to call out...without this you could only make one collect call. If you are a talker and had someone willing to put alot of money on your books, I could see spending over $100.00 a week if not more for phone calls. I think there is a surcharge just to begin a call and then so much is charged a minute after that...I believe someone told me like $16.50 just to start a phone call and like $1.50 a minute....just a guesstimate.
Burl: I think the average person spend about 150 a week. The calls are really expensive

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Todd: I didn't, but I only asked to use the phone to set up visits.
Katie: Wasn't there long enough to have to do this.
Burl: Unless you know people who accept collect calls you are going to need a card or money on your books

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Todd: I think they did. They said they did. It was hard to know what was true.
Katie: I'm pretty sure that all calls going out of the Dane County Jail are screened for security reasons.
Burl: Of course they tell you all calls are being montoried

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