Accepting a collect call from inside the Winnebago County Jail gives tax payers a little more breathing room.
"At some point there's an expectation that the people utilizing the system be responsible for some of the costs incurred for housing them in the system," says Jail Superintendent Andrea Tack.
From the one-point-two million minutes of call time logged each year, the county earns about 350 thousand dollars, which goes into the general fund.
"There's a $2.88 fee that's made for the connection of the call and then there's a charge assessed for every minute the call takes place," Tack says.
Since collect calls can be expensive, Tack says inmates are calling random people collect and asking them to really information onto relatives.
About 22-thousand inmates are booked every year. Each getting one free phone call. Once they're given a cell, phones are available in the common area and work for more than 14 hours a day. So it's no surprise to hear such calls coming from inside the Winnebago County Jail.
If you've been getting collect calls from inside the jail, there is a way to block your number. Just call 800-844-6591 and follow the directions to block calls.