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    If an arrestee makes his/her phone call and fails to reach either a live person or voicemail, what happens next? Can they call someone else?

    And if they do not know a number by heart, can they use a phone book, or call Information for help?

  • #2
    let them call information.. thats their phone call lol

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    • #3
      Where is it written that we let them have a phone call??
      Too much television!!
      "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" -George Orwell

      "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing diapers." - Blues Brothers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by grumpyirishman
        Where is it written that we let them have a phone call??
        Too much television!!
        I am genuinely interested.

        If the phone call happens further down the road, perhaps a corrections officer can answer? I assume the individual does get to contact the outside world at some point.

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        • #5
          Phone calls don't happen at the patrol officer's level for the most part. That's handled at the jail. Too much TV watching...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JaneQ
            If an arrestee makes his/her phone call and fails to reach either a live person or voicemail, what happens next? Can they call someone else?

            And if they do not know a number by heart, can they use a phone book, or call Information for help?
            In my County's jail they can call collect as much as they want. I dunno about the phone book.

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            • #7
              Thank you Sabre. That's pretty much how the gals on a prison forum explained it me this morning as well. I appreciate your help.

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              • #8
                If a person is cooperative and the jail staff has the time, an individual can usually make as many calls as necessary. All the calls are collect from our jail and have the pre-recorded line "This is a collect call from an inmate..." at the beginning and every couple of minutes during the call. We provide a phone book next to the phone (which is on a cart wheeled up to the cells.)

                Lastly, there is NO such thing as a right to one phone call. That is total TV make believe. If you don't want to cooperate or go along with the program, you don't get the phone, period.
                Originally posted by kontemplerande
                Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SRT936
                  Lastly, there is NO such thing as a right to one phone call. That is total TV make believe. If you don't want to cooperate or go along with the program, you don't get the phone, period.
                  Some states really do have statutory provisions for a guaranteed phone call as soon as possible after the person has been booked. Of course, if they don't cooperate with the booking process, they don't get booked, thus no phone call.

                  But it has also been my experience that prisoners can make as many collect phone calls as they need to, taking turns with as many phones as are available. Calls are generally disconnected automatically after five minutes. And in the post-booking area, there are usually phone directories available.
                  Tim Dees, now writing as a plain old forum member, his superpowers lost to an encounter with gold kryptonite.

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                  • #10
                    For California

                    Penal Code section 851.5. (a) Immediately upon being booked, and, except where physically impossible, no later than three hours after arrest, an
                    arrested person has the right to make at least three completed
                    telephone calls, as described in subdivision (b).
                    The arrested person shall be entitled to make at least three calls
                    at no expense if the calls are completed to telephone numbers within
                    the local calling area.
                    (b) At any police facility or place where an arrestee is detained,
                    a sign containing the following information in bold block type shall
                    be posted in a conspicuous place:
                    That the arrestee has the right to free telephone calls within the
                    local dialing area, or at his or her own expense if outside the
                    local area, to three of the following:
                    (1) An attorney of his or her choice or, if he or she has no
                    funds, the public defender or other attorney assigned by the court to
                    assist indigents, whose telephone number shall be posted. This
                    telephone call shall not be monitored, eavesdropped upon, or
                    recorded.
                    (2) A bail bondsman.
                    (3) A relative or other person.
                    (c) If, upon questioning during the booking process, the arrested
                    person is identified as a custodial parent with responsibility for a
                    minor child, the arrested person shall be entitled to make two
                    additional calls at no expense if the calls are completed to
                    telephone numbers within the local calling area to a relative or
                    other person for the purpose of arranging for the care of the minor
                    child or children in the parent's absence.
                    (d) These telephone calls shall be given immediately upon request,
                    or as soon as practicable.
                    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tim Dees
                      Some states really do have statutory provisions for a guaranteed phone call as soon as possible after the person has been booked. Of course, if they don't cooperate with the booking process, they don't get booked, thus no phone call.
                      Interesting. I stand corrected. Around here the statute simply states that an inmate should be allowed to make contact as soon as practical upon being booked. The courts have held that allowing them a pencil and paper to write a letter satisfys that requirement most of the time. They've also held that the person themselves do not have a "right" to a phone call. The CO's can make the notification for them.
                      Originally posted by kontemplerande
                      Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks so much all of you who responded, and especially thanks L-1 for the quoting the code.

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