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  • NJ A1419
  • Imposes certain requirements on telephone service contracts for inmates in certain correctional facilities.*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the State and counties to contract with the lowest bidder for intrastate telephone service contracts for inmates in State and county correctional facilities. Under the bill, the maximum per minute rate for calls may not exceed the maximum rate allowed by order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for out-of-State calls. Furthermore, a bidder would not be authorized to impose a service charge or additional fee exceeding the per minute rate, including a per call surcharge, account set up fee, bill statement fee, monthly account maintenance charge, or refund fee. The bill also requires international calls to be made available at reasonable rates subject to Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations, but not to exceed 25 cents per minute. This bill prohibits a State department, county, or private correctional facility from accepting or receiving a commission or any other payment from the telephone service provider based upon an amount the provider billed for telephone calls made by inmates in the correctional facility. A "private correctional facility" is defined in the bill as a private facility detaining persons pursuant to any intergovernmental service agreement or other contract with any federal, State, or county agency, including but not limited to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and residential community release programs (halfway houses). This bill requires the Department of Corrections (DOC), the counties, and private correctional facilities to make available a prepaid or collect call system, or a combination of the two, for telephone services. Under a prepaid or "debit" system, funds may be deposited into an inmate account in order to pay for telephone calls, as long as the department, county, or private correctional facility is not required to provide for or administer that prepaid system. The provider of the inmate telephone service, as an additional means of payment, is to permit the recipient of inmate collect calls to establish an account with 2 that provider in order to deposit funds for advance payment of those collect calls. Finally, the bill requires the DOC to establish rules and regulations or departmental procedures to ensure that any inmate telephone call system established by the substitute provides reasonable security measures to preserve the safety and security of State and county correctional facilities, staff members, and those outside a facility who may receive inmate telephone calls.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S1880 (3R)  (on 6/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/27/2016 A Substituted by S1880 (3R)
6/16/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
5/26/2016 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (McKeon)
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 3 2