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Interview with Sarah, Sandra and Lyle

JM: Did you have regular access to telephones?
Sarah: during day room time
Sandra: I had access to phone always
Lyle: Yes, but the calls were short and expensive.

JM: What types of charges applied for calling people? How much money would you guess the average inmate spends per week on phone calls?
Sarah: $15.00 dollars to placed 5 minutes away
Sandra: I think it was about $7 per call minimum. I didnt use the phone much
Lyle: We could get prepaid phone cards, which were often stolen or traded, but collect calls were common. Some weekly calls were over a hundred dollars, total.

JM: Did you need to buy phone cards to call out?
Sarah: no
Sandra: A account was created by the receiver of calls
Lyle: Only in certain jails, yes.

JM: Did the jail screen your calls?
Sarah: yes
Sandra: They were supposed to be monitored
Lyle: Allegedly, all calls were recorded.

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