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Re: Collect Calls From Correctional Facilities

Mike Riddle (
Thu, 05 May 2005 11:55:58 -0500

Jack Decker wrote:

> From time to time there has been some discussion about the high cost
> of calls from correctional facilities

Related to Jack's initial inquiry, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
just ruled on the question of jail charges and surcharges. Gilmore
v. Cty of Douglas, found online at

Pamela Gilmore brought an action against the County of Douglas
[Nebraska] under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging that the Douglas County
Corrections Center (the DCCC) violated her Fourteenth Amendment equal
protection rights by assessing her charges for collect telephone calls
made to her from inmates in the facility. The district court concluded
that Gilmore failed to state a cause of action and dismissed the
complaint pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6).

The Court of Appeals affirme the district court.

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