Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Phones in Dallas Jail

This Dallas Blog is worth a look if you've never used it.
Craig has written some nice articles lately.

When inmates place phone calls from the Dallas County Jail, some very unpleasant charges show up on the recipient’s bill. The current rate is $4.10 per minute. At their February 20th meeting, commissioners took another step in addressing this problem.
AT&T has provided this service for a number of years but is moving out of the phone business for jails. As a result, AT&T has entered into a contract with Global Tel*Link (GTL) to provide jail phone service in the future. GTL has proposed that the price be lowered to $2.00 per minute locally and $2.30 for long distance. However, this would be a serious cut in income for the county.
Commissioners decided to forego three other options and to put out a “Request for Proposals.” Other companies will be requested to submit bids on providing phone service for the jail. Commissioners hope to bring the cost down, while at the same time maintaining an income stream for the county.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 09:12AM by Special to 1 Comment


Blogger Roadsidebetty said...

I believe that the prices you quoted are incorrect. The current cost for a local phone call from the Dallas County Jail is $3.80 for 15 minutes after which the phone call automatically disconnects. There may be an additional .50 cent charge for some interstate tax or something. This has been the price for the last year or so.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Making The Walls Transparent (MTWT-Texas) said...

The cost for a local call from the Dallas County jail was $4.20 per 15 minute call as late as March 2007. Long distant calls from the jail could cost as much as $30.00 depending on where and when you made the call.

These officials actions leave no doubt as to the fact that the jail/justice system is nothing more than a well designed money making racket, and the poor and working class people are the exploited.

9:06 PM  

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