Alabama company to pay Florida for inmate call errors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A pay phone company will pay Florida
$1.25 million for disconnecting inmates' calls.

The Public Service Commission approved a settlement Tuesday with
TCG Public Communications Inc., now part of Global Tel Link Corp.,
of Mobile, Ala.

A commission investigation found the company's equipment caused
collect calls to be prematurely disconnected at the Miami-Dade
Pretrial Detention Center from 2001 through 2007.

That meant redialing to complete conversations and higher phone
bills for recipients. The settlement money, though, will go into
the state treasury.

The company also has now modernized its equipment, designed to
detect and disconnect unauthorized calls, to avoid interfering with
legitimate calls.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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