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 ...
Tennessee State Prison phone rates and kickbacks
Tennessee ranks 36th in the nation for the affordability of a 15 minute call.
$2,595,417.00 paid in 2012.
Percentage of call cost going to kickbacks: 50%
Cost of a 15-minute Intrastate Call
Phone service providers
NotesContract current as of 2014-2015. Rates current as of May 2017. and kickback information are from 2012.
Data current as of 2012-2013
Primary source documents
State DOC Rates
State DOC Contracts
State DOC Commission Data
- Tennessee-2013 Metro Nashville-Davidson County Inmate Phone Contract w/GTL
- Marshall County Jail Phone Contract
- Knox County, TN Pay Tel contract 2008