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,
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.