California State Prisons
Inmate Phone Calls


California Department of Corrections:
Telephone Calls

Prison Phone Provider

Prison Phone Provider for setting up prepaid accounts:
GlobalTel Link: Set up prepaid accounts online at

Are you paying more than $1.45 per call for calls from an inmate in a California State Prison? 

If your phone number originates outside the state of California, having a local number for the inmate to call will save $1.70 per call.  A SaveOnPrisonCalls local phone number can help you reduce the cost of the calls from California state prisons. Learn more about our local phone number service by reviewing our How It Works page.


The cost of the calls is set by the contracted phone provider. In addition to the quoted rate of the call, applicable taxes and fees may apply. Rates subject to change.

Local calls: $1.45 per 15-minute call
In-state long distance calls: $2.01 per 15-minute call
Out of state long distance calls: $3.15 per 15-minute call

How Much Will I Save?

To save on the cost of prepaid calls from California State Prisons, you will need a local number. If you have a non-California number, having a local number for the inmate to call will save up to $1.70 per 15-minute call.  Save up to $112 per month or $1,346 per year on the cost of the calls with a SaveOnPrisonCalls local phone number.

If you already have a California phone number, the use of a local number will not significantly reduce the cost of the calls.

All numbers provided are verified and guaranteed to be a local call from the prison.

How Much Can You Save Every Month on calls from California State Prisons?

California DOC Phone Call Rates

How It Works

Step 1: Sign up for a local number. The local number will be set to ring to your home phone or cell phone. Your home or cell phone number will not change.

Step 2: Give the inmate the new phone number.  The inmate will be required to add the new number to their list of approved numbers.

Step 3: Contact the phone provider for the institution and set up a prepaid or advance pay account for the new number. Some phone providers require a separate prepaid account for each phone number. A prepaid account is only necessary if the inmate cannot purchase phone credits from their commissary account (telephone debit account).

Step 4: Start talking for less!


General Information

From the CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation website:

 Receiving Calls From Inmates and Wards The CDCR has created a location on the CDCR internet website to use as a reference guide for notices that have been issued to inmates, wards, and family/friends related to receiving collect calls from inmates and wards. This website will be updated as notices are issued.

The CDCR uses the Department of General Services (DGS) Inmate/Ward Telephone System (IWTS) Contract that provides collect-only domestic and international telephone services to the inmates and wards at CDCR facilities. All issues related to inmate and ward families and friends inquiring about unblocking a telephone number, disputing charges on a telephone bill, etc., should be directed to GTL Customer Service at 1-888-415-0377. It is the responsibility of the inmate/ward telephone vendor (GTL) to address and resolve these types of issues.


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