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Online sarashane

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Reduction in Phone Rates
« on: September 23, 2016, 05:53:42 PM »
Our phone call costs wont be reduced until 2018?
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Re: Reduction in Phone Rates
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 04:38:15 PM »
I hope not. Last I heard it's still Jan 1st, 2017

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Re: Reduction in Phone Rates
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 04:44:42 PM »
 "Currently in the Illinois Department of Corrections, inmates pay a flat fee of $4.08 for a phone call of up to 30 minutes, said Brian Dolinar, coordinator of the Illinois Campaign for Prison Justice. Under the legislation, starting Jan. 1, 2018, calls would be no more than 7 cents a minute, or 23 cents a minute for international calls."


http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php?topic=35777.msg265065#msg265065
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Re: Reduction in Phone Rates
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 10:15:00 PM »
Isn't it January, 2017 that this goes into effect?

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Re: Reduction in Phone Rates
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 07:50:05 AM »
I believe the legislation goes into affect January 1st 2017, but not sure when the contract for Securus renews, here is the legistlation:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=6200&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=95740&SessionID=88


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that any commissions or revenues for the provision of pay telephones in institutions and facilities of the Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice for those incarcerated are prohibited. Provides that the Department of Central Management Services shall contract with the qualified vendor who proposes the lowest per minute rate not exceeding 5 cents per minute for debit, prepaid, collect calls and who does not bill to any party any service charge or additional fee exceeding the per minute rate, including, but not limited to, any per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee, monthly account maintenance charge, or refund fee, as established by the Federal Communications Commission Order for state prisons in the Matter of Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services, Second Report and Order, WC Docket 12-375, FCC 15-136 (adopted Oct. 22, 2015). Provides that telephone services made available through a prepaid or collect call system shall include international calls; those calls shall be made available at reasonable rates subject to Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations, but not to exceed 25 cents per minute. Provides that the amendatory Act applies to any new or renewal contract for inmate calling services. Effective January 1, 2017.
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