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 ...
Montana State Prison phone rates and kickbacks
Montana ranks 35th in the nation for the affordability of a 15 minute call.
$276,000.00 paid in 2017.
Percentage of call cost going to kickbacks: 0%
Flat monthly rate of $23000. All commissions earned go into the “inmate welfare fund,”
Cost of a 15-minute Intrastate Call
Phone service providers
NotesData current as of Jan 2019.
Data current as of 2017-2018
Primary source documents
State DOC Rates
State DOC Contracts
- Montana CenturyLink Contract thru 2020
- Montana Telmate Contract Through 01-31-2015
- MT Contract With Telmate Amendment 2 Extending to 1-31-16
- MT Contract with Telmate 2011