The prison phone industry, which provides telecom services for prisons, jails and other detention facilities, has a long and sordid history of exploiting prisoners and their families by charging exorbitant phone rates and fees. [See: PLN, Dec. 2013, p.1; April 2011, p.1]. Over the past decade the industry ...
Benton County, WA 2011-2013 Inmate Phone Rates
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EXHIBIT B SCHEDULE OF CHARGES AND PAYMENTS In exchange for the exclusive right to install and maintain a secure inmate telephone and call monitoring system in the Benton County Jail, the CONTRACTOR agrees to reimburse the COUNTY at the below cited commission rate for all revenues generated directly or indirectly from the use of the inmate telephone system installed at Benton County Jail. The only permissible exclusions to commissionable revenues are State and Local taxes if they are passed through to the billed parties without markup. TERM COMMISSION RATE 59% CONTRACTOR agrees to the following initial Prepaid and Collect call rates: Prepaid and collect (shared rate) Call Category Connect Fee Local Intra LATA $4.75 $4.75 $0.00 $0.00 $4.75 $4.75 Inter LATA $4.75 $6.75 $10.00 $1. 25 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4.75 InterState International Voicemail Per Minute Rate Price for a 15 Minute call $6.75 $10.00 n/a COUNTY and CONTRACTOR agree that prepaid and collect call rates may be changed by mutual written consent over the term of the Contract. Both parties agree that changes to the commission rate, other than those described herein, will require an amendment to this Contract, but adjustments to the Prepaid and Collect call rates alone will not require an amendment. The COUNTY and CONTRACTOR must agree in writing on any vendor marketing incentives or discounts before they are offered to the inmates or the called parties. These incentives may include but are not limited to promotional discounts or free minutes. Compensation payments on gross revenues for a calendar month shall be paid monthly within forty-five (45) days of the end of the month in which call revenue was generated. Payments and reports shall be mailed to: Benton County Sheriff's Office Attn: Julie Thompson 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Building B Kennewick, WA 99336