St. Clair County to lose $5,000 monthly on inmate phone deal

News-DemocratFebruary 24, 2014 

— A recent Federal Communications Commission ruling has wound up costing St. Clair County nearly $5,000 per month in lost collect phone call revenue for jail inmates, the county Public Building Commission learned Monday during its monthly regular meeting.

An FCC ruling that went into effect Feb. 11 has led Securus Tech, the company that handles long-distance inmate collect phone calls, to cut its guaranteed revenue to the county for interstate inmate calls.

The cut will be from $18,000 per month to $13,800, according to Tom Maziarz, the county central services director.

"Unfortunately, the FCC feels like they need to get into this for some reason or another," Mariarz told the commission. "And they've effectively eliminated all the revenue that we've generated off this system for interstate telephone calls, inmate calls."

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