Alcorn OKs inmate phone system at jail

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A company that wants to provide inmate telephone service for the new Alcorn County inmate facility will have to meet the terms for computer installation that it gave the new Chickasaw County facility.
The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a contract with Correctional Communications Inc. of Brandon, provided the company pays $15,000 for computer installation and $500 per month for software and maintenance.
In a presentation to the board last month, CCI principal Sam Waggoner proposed an up-front payment to the county of $10,000 to buy computer equipment and $500 per month for ongoing maintenance.
However, Sheriff Charles Rinehart told the board the company had paid $15,000 for computers installed at the Chickasaw County facility and he was requesting the same dollar amount.
County attorney Robert Krohn said he had made other important contract changes:
– The term of the contract was shortened to continue until January 2012.
– A new presentation will be required for renewal.
– The contract with the company will be executed by the county rather than the sheriff, and payments from the company will be to the county general fund.
– Payments from the company will be 45 percent of gross revenue to the state and 50 percent to the county.