By Besha Rodell
By Patrick Range McDonald
By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
Officials in other counties, however, say they're having no such problem and have found easy ways to provide phone numbers to everybody in jail.
An Orange County jail spokeswoman, for example, says that a list of bond companies, with phone numbers, is posted in both the booking area and in the common rooms used by inmates. She says the bond agencies must contact a company that contracts with the county, and they pay to get on the list that goes inside the jail.
In San Diego County, the Sheriff's Department used to provide inmates with the Yellow Pages but recently replaced the bulky phone book with an alphabetical listing of bail bonds companies provided to the jail by a local association of bail agencies.
"L.A. County does not post a list," says bondsman Stanley, "and I have no idea why. L.A. County marches to its own beat."
In addition, it strikes people such as Stanley, Lim and Petrick as strange that, in this technologically advanced and cellphone-reliant age, there is no easy way to make a collect call to a cellphone, particularly as the number of people without a land line increases. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control report, 25 percent of U.S. households don't even have a land line.
Stanley's is one of them.
"Many families like myself don't have a land line," he says, "and I think it's about time they moved into the 21st century."
Dorothy Cukier of Global Tel Link, a company that specializes in prison phones and operates the system in L.A. County, told the Weekly via email that collect calls in general — whether they originate from a jail or not — are limited to land lines. The company is allowed to jump in when inmates call a cellphone, offering the recipient of the call a chance to sign up for a service, AdvancePay, which lets calls to cellphones go through, by using a credit card. Another option, Cukier says, is for inmates to put money into an inmate debit account, out of which they can pay to call a phone that does not ordinarily accept collect calls.
Petrick says he was never offered an inmate debit account and has no idea whether a Global Tel Link agent jumped in to ask the friend Petrick had called if he'd accept the charge. All Petrick knows is that he couldn't get through to his friend.
Two months after Petrick finally arranged bail and got out of jail, he settled his criminal case, which prosecutors apparently agreed wasn't as serious as the initial charges implied. He pled guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment. He received three years of probation and, ironically, credit for time served for his five nights missing in the jail system.
As for the future, Petrick says, "The first thing I'm going to do is carry a bail bondsman's number with me at all times and memorize it in case there's some fluke and I get in trouble again. I don't want to ever get stuck in jail like that again. It was a nightmare."
Only one reason i can imagine for preventing Petrick from using the phone to get bailed out from Santa Monica PD lock-up.
Santa Monica jail wanted Petrick to remain in custody until they could check America's Most Wanted and verify Petrick's identity.
They were salivating at the thought they might be holding another Whitey Bulger and cashing in a $2,000,000 reward.
Yes, This Happened to Me Too. (5 nights in jail, monday holiday ect. freakin nitemare because I was arrested in shorts and a t-shirt and the temp in jail felt like 45 degrees) If there any Civil Rights Attorneys' who want to take this kind of case on (denial of civil rights) they'd have a lot of plaintiffs.Oh yeah and the guards have a TOTAL ATTITUDE, I dont think they should be your friends but for cryin out loud they were jerks!
it happened to me as well.the la jail is inhumane, we the people need to open this whole thing up.atrocities occur here. cops murder inmates. the phones are just the tip of the iceberg.
mу сlаssmаtе's stер-аunt mаkеs $74 аn hоur оn thе lарtор . Shе hаs bееn оut оf wоrк fоr 9 mоnths butlаstmоnth hеr inсоmе wаs $8524 јust wоrкing оn thе lарtор fоr а fеw hоurs . Rеаd mоrе оn this wеb sitе...С А S Н S Н А R Р . С О М
Several sleepless nights in a large room filled with other inmates and nobody can find you a phone number? Surely out of all those people somebody could come up with "hey my friends called this number" or "when I call my dad I'll ask him who he called".
sure, just walk up to your nearest gang member and ask him for co-operation, or maybe you can just learn the spanish language while your in there, Tienes tu telephone de abogado? right know it all? dont give us your Republican brand of common sense, it just doesnt work in jail.
Why would you brand this as Republican common sense? Its just plain common sense.
Your reply seems grounded in a distorted, isolated suburban elitist perception.
Petrick lives in Santa Monica, so why should he have any fear of approaching a Southsider to ask for help getting a bondsmans number? Petrick isn't from Norcal and has no gang affiliation so there should be no problem.
In fact, if the phone call results in the bondsman getting Petrick's business - the referal is worth a commission. The Southsiders are english speaking americans for the most part. But even the Paises speak at least some english and Petrick almost certainly knows at least a little spanish.
The comment below regarding defense attorneys sounds accurate. The justice system is a for profit enterprise. The defense attorney's will fight for your rights and your freedom always - except if it may interfere with closing a contract with a captive potential client. That would interfere with the defense attorneys primary right to deplete your life savings.
After his phone call experience in County Jail Petrick was probably stunned a second time when he got back home and found his mail box bulging with solicitations from defense attorneys.
Mÿ cô-wôrkër's stëp-môthër mäkës $35 ëvërÿ hôúr ôn thë intërnët. Shë häs bëën läid ôff fôr 5 mônths bút läst mônth hër chëck wäs $1727 júst wôrking ôn thë intërnët fôr ä fëw hôúrs. Rëäd môrë ôn this sitë.... LazyCash10.com
The only phone number you need for bail from any California jail: 888-BAIL-BOND (8+8+8=24 hour bail)
My cö-wörkër's stëp-sistër mâkës $37/höür ön thë lâptöp. Shë hâs bëën lâid öff för 9 mönths büt lâst mönth hër pâychëck wâs $2057 jüst wörking ön thë lâptöp för â fëw höürs. Rëâd mörë ön this wëb sitë.... LazyCash10.com
phone problem is result of all the lawyers successfully controlling the phone system to encourage inmates to call the lawyers first, before anyone else gets a chance to to take any of the inmates money. if the jail is overcrowded, this is certainly one of the reasons. the unions must have complete control of the jail and no incentive to reduce the jail population - none. its the lawyers stupid. occupy the lawyer industrial complex. ps - maybe the greedy bail insurers ought to pry open their grossly profitable wallet and spend the money to help its agents get the problem resolved.
The article (did you read it) said there were *no phone numbers*. I'm sure lawyers would love to have a list of numbers, and that he would have had no problem calling them either. As for the unions, I sincerely doubt that they have a contract that requires the county to violate the civil rights of prisoners. The 'greedy' bail insurers, if they were so greedy, would have had something in place like Orange County by now. You managed to blame everyone except the parties legally responsible: LA County and the LA County Sheriff's office, both of whom are ripe for a 42 USC 1983 class action.
OTOH, the defendant was pretty stupid to do an intervention like that without a signed and notarized agreement in place with the druggie *before* he kept her locked up.
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