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Sun May 26, 2013, 11:31 AM

Two Companies Rake in Big Profits from Billion-Dollar Prisoner Phone Call Industry

Those unfortunate enough to be picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often find themselves locked away in detention facilities that arenít governed by the same rules as state prisons.

At the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility (WCDF) in Richmond, California, one of the differences is the cost of making a phone call. A couple of weeks ago, protesters gathered outside the facility that houses 1,100 prisoners to argue that what amounts to upwards of a $20 charge for a 15-minute phone call is cruel and inhumane treatment of inmates.

A call from inside WCDF costs $3.25 for the initial connection, with charges up to 25 cents a minute for in-state calls and 30 cents a minute for out-of-state. Calls are often dropped, requiring a reconnection charge. Unlike state prisons, which have been constrained by law since 2007 from extracting large concessions in phone service, facilities like WCDF can cut a deal that works best for them.

Officials of a national campaign, called Phone Justice for Immigrants in Detention, say Global Tel*Link (GTL) pays Contra Costa County a commission of up to 57% on phone calls, in addition to a $75,000 bonus for giving it the contract. The county received $653,506 in commissions from GTL in fiscal year 2011-12, according to the immigrants group.


http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/two-companies-rake-in-big-profits-from-billion-dollar-prisoner-phone-call-industry-130526?news=850121

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Reply Two Companies Rake in Big Profits from Billion-Dollar Prisoner Phone Call Industry (Original post)
The Straight Story May 2013 OP
Sunlei May 2013 #1
L0oniX May 2013 #2
lame54 May 2013 #3
woo me with science May 2013 #4
Skittles May 2013 #6
Skittles May 2013 #5
msongs May 2013 #7
limpyhobbler May 2013 #9
monmouth3 May 2013 #8

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 01:24 PM

1. I bet there is a huge racket with prisoner food.Charge the State and Fed Gov a ton of $$$

ship the prisons frozen shipping containers of those asian carp (infesting our waterways), slaughterhouse render that used to be for dogfood, sick tortured horsemeat full of steriods and cancer causing poison and bunches of those disease carrying feral hogs. grind it up and call it that "Prison "SCRAPPLE-BEEF"

goudge the hell out of the tax-payers money.

It's no wonder the private prison stock went from a couple dollars a share to over 50 in a few short years.

no wonder many states say they are broke.

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Sun May 26, 2013, 01:36 PM

2. Parasites!

 

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Sun May 26, 2013, 01:40 PM

3. That's the most expensive phone call w/o the words 'What are you wearing?"

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Sun May 26, 2013, 01:44 PM

4. Have we had enough yet?

They are buying up water rights. They are imprisoning us. They are setting up structures to charge us exorbitantly for the very essentials of our lives.

Are we ready to stop them yet?

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 01:54 PM

6. WE have had enough, woo me

but a lot of other folk are more concerned with the TV schedule

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Sun May 26, 2013, 01:54 PM

5. DISGUSTING

kicking people when they're down

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Sun May 26, 2013, 01:55 PM

7. one would think democrats would be against for profit prisons as abominations but... nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:14 PM

9. Most rank-and-file democrats probably are. Bigwigs and elected officials, not so much. nt

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Sun May 26, 2013, 02:11 PM

8. No wonder CA has a surplus budget. I would too...LOL..n/t

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