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Tennessee State Prison phone rates and kickbacks

Tennessee ranks 35th in the nation for the affordability of a 15 minute call.

Kickbacks paid

$4,080,000.00 paid in 2019.

Percentage of call cost going to kickbacks: Unknown

Excerpted from contract: Effective October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019, Procuring Party shall pay the State a commission equal to three hundred and forty thousand dollars ($340,000.00) per month ("Monthly Commission") for each full month.

Cost of a 15-minute Intrastate Call

Collect Prepaid Debit
Same state $2.40 $2.40 $2.40
Local $1.05 $1.05 $1.05

Detailed rates

Collect Prepaid Debit
Same state 0.16/min 0.16/min 0.16/min
Local 0.07/min 0.07/min 0.07/min

Phone service providers

Data current as of 2019-2020

Historical Data for Tennessee

Primary source documents

State DOC Rates

State DOC Contracts

State DOC Commission Data

County Rates

County Contracts

County Commission Data