WTMJ: Inmate phone calls rake in millions per year.
According to a study by the Prison Policy Initiative, the prison phone industry generates $1.4 billion per year. According to the most recent biennial budget, the State of Wisconsin collected $3,224,600 in telephone revenues in 2019. The State DOC received $1,587,979.69 as part of that revenue.
The State DOC declined to be interviewed but provided information for this story. While the DOC received nearly $1.6 million of the $3.2 million from these phone calls, they say that money is essentially reinvested into the residents at their facilities.
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