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Posted at 8:58 AM ET, 04/29/2010

Inmates could pay more to call home

By Washington Post editors

Give Montgomery County props for looking at innovative ways to close its budget gap.

WTOP reports that the county is considering adding a 35 cent surcharge to the phone calls its inmates make to family members.

Currently an inmate's family members are charged 65 cent for calls coming from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

The surcharge could save $122,000. Montgomery County is trying to close a $1 billion budget gap.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 8:58 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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Really? $122,000? Wow...big savings there.

Posted by: linroy62 | April 29, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

What they (inmate)should pay, why should a law abiding citizens pay for a call from an inmate..LOL!!!..I wonder who just figured this out...SMH!!!

Posted by: trinna22 | April 29, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

over the last 60 months, collect calls from the fairfax county adult dentention center in virgina have gone from $1.95 per call, to $2.05 and now $2.23 per call.
they have also doubled the daily commissary account fee.
the poor and lower middle class often can not afford lawyers or bail and are far more likely to have to wait in jail before trial and also get longer sentences. so the people who can afford it the least, are paying the most.
local governments seem to think that anyone caught up in our legal system is a "bad person", so they can just nickel and dime them at every turn.
However, innocent people get arrested too.
And even those who are actually "bad", have parents, children, spouses, friends, etc who have done no crimes at all.
our legal system loves to punish everyone and anyone and keep the lower class in a cycle of poverty and under the control of probation officers and prison guards.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 29, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that would pay for 2 new bathrooms for Ike!

Posted by: member8 | April 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

America has 2.5 million prisoners: a larger fraction of its population than any other country on Earth. 1 out of every 80 adult American males is sitting behind bars today. With a prison-industrial complex this large, it's a money-maker for a LOT of people. The crazy-expensive phone rates charged to prisoner's families are just the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: 12008N1 | April 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Fire some of the redundant county employees instead.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

wow and who cares!! A few people I know now have people calling them from jail and they don't want to answer now; so maybe this will stop all the calls. YOu had no concerns about the world or others before you went in so why care now!!

If it's not bad enough that the US caters to the jail birds; we need stronger punishments in the US like overseas countries!

Posted by: shadon1 | April 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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