NOVEMBER 22, 2006 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - State prison officials say they are seeking a bigger portion of the money generated from inmate phone calls.
Inmates can't receive incoming calls. The collect calls include a minimum of a $3 connection fee and rate of 24 cents per minute. Those rates will remain under the new contract, despite pressure from some inmate advocates to charge less.
Inmates spend about $4 million on phone calls each year. Under the new contract with Mobile, Alabama-based Global Tel-Link Corporation, the state will get about $2.1 million. The move ends a 14-year relationship with MCI.
A prisons spokeswoman says the money goes toward the $100 inmates get when they are released and for other inmate needs.