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if a person is put into custody in a jail, what are

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if a person is put into custody in a jail, what are his phone call rights
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A person has a right to make one phone call to contact an attorney or arrange for bail. After that, the phone privileges are based upon the jail policy and must be reasonable based upon the circumstances and the security of the jail. In other words, they do not have to allow you unlimited phone use, but they cannot completely deny you phone use, it is somewhere in the middle and they can restrict it to calls only to an attorney.



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Reply to PaulMJD's Post: so their first phone call is allowed only to contact a lawyer or arrange bail? They cannot call a personal contact until they get in the jail and then only if the jail allows them?
No, they can call a personal contact on their first phone call, but subsequent phone calls can be restricted based upon the policy. The inmate is not to be unduly restricted from contacting an attorney or arranging for bail, and if this is being done through a family member or friend, then they must allow the calls. By personal phone calls, I was referring to simply calling a friend to chat.
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