New Rockland jail phones will tape calls

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NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say Rockland County’s jail is getting a new phone system that will have the ability to record inmates’ conversations.

Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco tells the Journal News (http://lohud.us/1g1ny0o ) that the phones at the Eugene J. Grogan Correctional Center will be fully online by fall.

He says the ability to tape inmates’ calls will “enhance our investigative and prosecution abilities.”

Inmates will be informed that their calls may be taped.

Falco says the new system also will raise thousands in revenue.

The Reston, Va.-based Global Tel Link Corp. will pay a minimum of $151,000 annually under a new contract. The county will also get monthly commission checks if revenue exceeds $151,000, up to 63 percent of the total gross revenue.

All the revenue will be used for inmate rehabilitation services.

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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