Nebraska counties earn thousands of dollars a year from inmate phone calls

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska counties are reaping thousands of dollars a year from inmates' phone calls, and one lawmaker announced plans Tuesday to introduce a bill to clamp down on the practice.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha said the system allows private contractors and local governments to profit off of jail inmates and their families, who often end up paying for the phone calls.

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