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Legislator says inmates' families serve as Missouri cash crop

April 4, 2000
By: Tammara Porter
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri Senator says it's time to stop ripping off inmate's families.

Tammara Porter has more from Jefferson City.

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Senator Larry Rohrbach says the state is making money at the expense of families who receive collect calls from prison.

Currently, the collect call phone system that gives the state the most revenue is the one that gets the contract.

Rohrbach's bill will give the phone contract to the service that provides the lowest and best prices.

Rohrbach says this bill is about the people who accept the calls.

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Contents: Rohrbach says there are many victims of crime and a lot of the time it's families.

Rohrbach says phone calls home are rehabilitating and shouldn't be priced so high.

From the capital, I'm Tammara Porter.