Bureau of Prisons calls on Unisys for inmate phone system

The federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded a three-year, $37 million contract to Unisys Corp. for nationwide deployment and operation of the next-generation federal inmate telephone system, the company announced today.

The contract has three one-year options and may be worth as much as $96 million if all options are exercised. Income projections during the base and option periods include revenue generated by inmate calls.

Under the Inmate Telephone System-3 contract, Unisys of Blue Bell, Pa., will provide hardware, installation, maintenance and program management support to more than 100 federal correctional facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The new system will also save the Bureau of Prisons space, as the solution requires just one-eighth the hardware space of the current inmate telephone system. The system will allow inmates to make calls in three ways: direct debit from their prison commissary accounts, collect or prepaid collect.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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