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Resource ID: #16271
Subject: Prisons
Source: WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Date: 1999-02-18



WOOD-TV reports that "The Michigan Department of Corrections makes $16 million a year from the high rates charged for collect inmate phone calls home. The state demands the phone contractors kick back a percentage of their earnings to the state. The phone rates are inflated to cover the state's cut and are paid by the often low-income families of prison inmates who receive the collect calls. The system amounts to a hidden tax on those families.."

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