Hall County Jail Adds Email Option After Inmates Complain

Hall-County-SheriffGRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska jail is now offering email service because inmates complained about the cost of in-state phone calls.

The Hall County jail added email after it started housing 80 to 100 inmates for the state this summer.

Making phone calls from the jail can add up quickly if an inmate isn’t calling in the Grand Island area. A local call costs $3.75 for 15 minutes, but a 15-minute call to Omaha costs $14.30 because the jail’s carrier charges $3.95 plus 69 cents per minute.

Calls to numbers outside the state cost only 25 cents a minute, so calling California also costs only $3.75.

County Corrections Director Fred Ruiz says the new email service costs $2 a week and it has been popular.