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AN ACT concerning inmate telephone charges and supplementing Title 30 of the Revised
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
C.30:4-8.11 “Private correctional facility” defined.
1. For the purposes of this act, “private correctional facility” means any private facility
detaining persons pursuant to any intergovernmental service agreement or other contract with
any federal, State, or county agency, including but not limited to United States Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, and including any private facility authorized under the provisions
of P.L.1999, c.243 (C.30:4-91.9 et seq.).
C.30:4-8.12 Telephone service contracts for inmates.
2. a. All telephone service contracts for inmates in State or county correctional facilities
shall be subject to the procurement provisions set forth in chapter 34 of Title 52 of the
Revised Statutes and chapter 11 of Title 40A of the New Jersey Statutes; provided, however,
the State Treasurer or appropriate person on behalf of the county or private correctional
facility shall contract with the qualified vendor whose rate shall not exceed 11 cents per
minute for domestic debit, prepaid, and collect calls and who does not bill to any party any
service charge or additional fee exceeding the per minute rate, including, but not limited to,
any per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee, monthly account maintenance
charge, or refund fee.
b. A State, county, or private correctional facility shall not accept or receive a
commission or impose a surcharge for telephone usage by inmates in addition to the charges
imposed by the telephone service provider. For the purposes of this section, “commission”
means any form of monetary payment, in-kind payment requirement, gift, exchange of
services or goods, fee, or technology allowance. A commission or surcharge shall not
include any product or the like that is related to the completion of voice-only calls, inmate
telephone service maintenance, the analysis of telephone records and related financial data
for investigative or other purposes, or security enhancements, including, but not limited to,
voice recognition software, text analytics, or aggregate data analytical software.
c. Telephone services made available through a prepaid or collect call system
established pursuant to section 3 of this act may include international calls; provided
however, that if international calls are included in the telephone services made available for
inmates, those calls shall be made available at reasonable rates subject to Federal
Communications Commission rules and regulations, but not to exceed 25 cents per minute.
C.30:4-8.13 Availability of collect call system for inmates.
3. a. The Department of Corrections, each county correctional facility, and each private
correctional facility shall make available either a prepaid or collect call system, or a
combination thereof, for telephone services for inmates.
b. Under a prepaid system, funds may be deposited into an inmate account in order to
pay for telephone calls, provided that nothing in this section shall require the department,
county, or private correctional facility to provide or administer a prepaid system.
c. The provider of the inmate telephone service, as an additional means of payment,
shall permit the recipient of inmate collect calls to establish an account with that provider in
order to deposit funds for advance payment of those collect calls.
P.L.2016, CHAPTER 37
d. For the purposes of this section, a “collect call system” means a call system pursuant
to which recipients are billed for the cost of an accepted telephone call initiated by an
C.30:4-8.14 Rules, regulations.
4. The department shall establish rules and regulations or departmental procedures to
ensure that any inmate telephone call system established by this act provides reasonable
security measures to preserve the safety and security of each State and county correction al
facility, staff member, and person outside a facility who may receive inmate telephone calls.
5. This act shall take effect immediately and section 2 shall apply to any new or renewal
contract for inmate telephone services in effect on or after the date of enactment; provided
however that section 3 of this act shall remain inoperative until the first day of the fourth
month after the date of enactment.
Approved August 31, 2016.