My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Mar. 06 – Money For Nothing: Taking Calls From The Jail





Our monthly telephone bill from Consolidated Communications arrived this morning at the office.

Under the heading “Consolidated Public Services,” there’s a summary of calls accepted from correctional institutions.   February’s charge – limited solely to this alleged “public service” – was $ 53.61-dollars.

Often, the bill runs higher.


Every time we accept a call from the Effingham County Jail (a mere 200-feet away from my office), we get hit with a minimum $ 3.00-dollar charge for the first minute of “service.”  That’s one reason why telephone conversation with inmates is kept to a minimum . . . and why some attorneys won’t accept such calls at all.



Scott Ealy


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March 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

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