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Inmate Phone Calls May Save Maryland Jobs

April 29, 2010

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Inmates in Montgomery County could help the county save two jobs. How? Higher charges for phone calls.

Right now, when an inmate in Montgomery County phones home from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, there’s a 65 cent charge to that inmate’s family.

The county is considering an additional surcharge of 35 cents.

The higher fee could save $122,000, which in turn could save two county jobs.

Art Wallenstein, director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, says his department has already lost 33 positions.

Montgomery County is trying to close a $1 billion budget gap.

The council’s final vote on the budget comes next month.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)


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    CAREBEAR911

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    I don't see how this idea is fair.. since inmates don't make much money as it is, and or it's not fair to charge their families...

  • Mourning_max50

    comasterchief

    almost 4 years ago

    522 Comments

    Theres so much more that can be charged to an inmate to off set the cost of housing these inmates.

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    41136 Comments

    Sounds like someone has been taking Sheriff Joe lessons!!!!!

  • Joefriday_max50

    alexy

    almost 4 years ago

    3970 Comments

    How about cutting mont county's board of supervisor chairman's 6 officer security detail and make him drive a Chevy malibu instead of his 2008 Chevrolet Suburban?

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    Rumour

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    why not put the inmates to work and make them earn their money by doing laundry, etc, like back in the old days?

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    BUMP that ill_taze_u_bro!
    We're in the same boat. They've cut our shifts down so low that we can't go home sick if we had to. Safety is also a main concern. Four Officers and 120 inmates, I'd say we're outnumbered. However, we're trying to stay positive and thankful that we're still employed.

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    almost 4 years ago

    2846 Comments

    Wow, they have already cut 33 jobs. Sounds like safety should be more of a concern then saving some money.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    almost 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Why not $4, really stick it to em lol.

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