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Phone calls for Prisoners --- Part Two --- Northshore Suburban Police Policies

Crime & Punishment, Sheriff David Clarke, Phone Calls from Jail, Collect Calls, Cell Phones, Minor Crime, Poverty

In my previous posting I told the True story of Carl, who was picked up by the Milwaukee Police Department on a minor traffic stop .... was taken into custody on some unpaid traffic fines .... and due to the policies of the MPD and the MIlwaukee County Sheriff, Carl could not make a phone call to friends or relatives so he could get the money to pay the fine and get bailed out.

Due to these polices of the MPD and Sheriff, Carl ended up losing his job as result of 3 consecutive days of unreported absence. 

Carl is now unemployed and as of tomorrow will be homeless.  His employer is fighting Carl receiving unemployment benefits. 

Carl had been a model employee --- never missed worked, was always on time, was up for a promotion and a raise.  But Carl's employer makes all new hires sign a form that says if they miss 3 days of work without calling in, they are considered to have "resigned" their position.  And they then fight against the ex-employee receiving any unemployment benefits.

I wondered how the police departments on the Northshore handle the phone call situation.  I wrote an email to each of the police chiefs and have started to get responses

Please remember that Sheriff David Clarke uses the phone system at the County Jail as a PROFIT CENTER!  Detainees can only make collect calls or buy calling cards from the commissary (which they only go to once a week).

Sheriff Clarke has a deal with the company that handles the collect calls and phone cards, which charge exhorbitant rates for both.  Clarke takes in over $1 million a year, by overcharging the detainees, and their families (who get the collect charges of over $5 per call on their phone bill).

We constantly hear Clarke bemoan the fact that there is jail overcrowding and that he needs more money to run the jail and house of correction --- it would be interesting to see how much less overcrowding there would be, and how much less money Clarke would need, if detainees could simply make phone calls and get bailed out.

In my next posting --- part three of phone calls for prisoners --- I will post the policies of the Northshore Police Departments, and some of the comments from the various Police Chiefs.

DO YOU THINK CLARKE SHOULD CHANGE HIS POLICY?     HOW DO YOU THINK THE NORTHSHORE DEPARTMENTS HANDLE THE SAME SITUATION?     WHAT ABOUT FLYNN AND MPD --- WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

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