Does that person get ONLY ONE phone call?

Again, this varies from location to location, but defendant’s are allowed more than one phone call while in booking, where most of their calls are free of charge. They can call a friend or family member, or a bail bonding company. If they do not bond out within a reasonable amount of time, the defendant is then dressed out and assigned to a living space located in the back of jail. Once there, their calls may be limited to local numbers or people that have accounts with the collect call companies.