Boone County Sheriff's Department discuss new inmate phone system

2 years 2 months 1 week ago October 03, 2014 Oct 3, 2014 Friday, October 03 2014 Friday, October 03, 2014 12:24:00 PM CDT in News
By: Shale Remien, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Boone County Sheriff's Department is discussing a proposal for a new inmate telephone system.

Amy Robbins, Boone County Purchasing Senior Buyer, said the proposal is in the beginning phases. Vendors must submit a proposal by October 14 at 1:30 p.m. to be considered. Robbins said a committee will come together and use subjective evaluation to weigh the criteria and choose a vendor and plan. After this, she anticipates the jail either staying on its current track or switching to a more updated system by the end of 2014.

Chief Jailer Warren Brewer said he anticipates a lot of feedback from vendors.

"We've already had about five companies, that I'm aware of, that are interested in responding to the bids" Brewer said. "The inmate collect call system is a big business."

Brewer and Robbins said the proposal for a new phone system centered around timing. The jail's current phone contract is set to expire in January, making Brewer want to look at other phone options.

"We normally have a five year contract and we can renew if we want to," Brewer said. "But when we go to conferences, we ask others how it's going with new systems and what the benefits they've seen from video visitation."

He said if the proposals goes through, he suggests the new telephone system to be beneficial in many ways.

"It won't cost the county anything," Brewer said. "They factor in the profit margin and factor in what they can provide us to get the best possible system for the inmates."

 Currently, two of the male housing units have two phones each. There are 13 male housing units. All other housing unit have one phone each. Brewer said each outgoing call costs the inmate about two dollars per minute. Brewer said the potential new phone system will lower the cost per minute. Brewer said this will attract more inmates to place calls, increasing revenues.

"If we can reduce the cost of a call, and introduce video visitation and it can be affordable for them," Brewer said, we'll actually get more use out of the system and the county will actually get more money even at a reduced cost."

Brewer said video visitation is being considered to connect families, however, there will be age restrictions for families.

"We have a strict rule on age requirement, you have to be 16 or above," Brewer said. "I just don't think an infant needs to be in jail. But we are looking at that so inmates can see their children."

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is giving clemency to 15 people convicted of drug-related crimes... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:50:05 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former director of Missouri's unemployment benefits agency has agreed to a $2 million settlement to... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:36:46 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:27:25 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she's reviewing state legal payments following reports of harassment and employee... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:16:29 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will work as a private attorney at a suburban St. Louis law... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:58:34 PM CST in News
SIKESTON (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a high school student in southeast Missouri. KFVS-TV reports... More >>
6 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:52:30 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In an effort to increase access to healthy food choices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new standards... More >>
7 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 7:01:00 PM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - A fire forced a family to evacuate its Boone County home Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to... More >>
9 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 5:17:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Holts Summit man with multiple felonies Friday in connection to a domestic dispute. ... More >>
9 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 4:52:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Many students worry their peers won't pay appropriately for a sexual misconduct offense. A bill being introduced to... More >>
11 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 3:25:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jay Nixon announced recently visitors to the state and tourism spending are at an all-time high for... More >>
12 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 2:35:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two men suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash on Highway 50 Friday morning, the Jefferson City... More >>
12 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 2:26:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri System came out with a report Thursday that shows how much the system saves... More >>
12 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 1:56:00 PM CST in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with a threat to a southeast Missouri high school.... More >>
13 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 1:32:20 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A woman assaulted as a girl during a 1982 attack that killed her mother wants... More >>
14 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 12:28:38 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in... More >>
14 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 12:22:20 PM CST in News
SEDALIA - The Sedalia Police Department said Friday it is looking for two suspects following a shooting and armed robbery.... More >>
15 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 11:31:00 AM CST in News
FULTON - A Tebbetts man has been charged with several felonies following his arrest Wednesday night. Callaway County deputies... More >>
18 hours ago December 09, 2016 Dec 9, 2016 Friday, December 09 2016 Friday, December 09, 2016 8:42:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 24°
3am 20°
4am 19°
5am 19°
6am 18°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today
3:00a
Mad Money
4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld