Montana State Prisons
Inmate Phone Calls


Montana Department of Corrections:
Telephone Calls

Prison Phone Provider

Prison Phone Provider for setting up prepaid accounts:
Telmate LLC.  Web site:


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.

The following rates apply only to Montana State Prison or Montana Women’s Prison

Calls to all U.S. numbers: $0.24 connection fee plus $0.12 per minute

Maximum call length is 30 minutes

General Information

Security – Only collect and prepaid calls from adult inmates are allowed. Security is a primary concern, and prison officials must be able to track who inmates have contact with and the nature of their interactions, to ensure security practices are not violated. Inmate calls, except those to attorneys, are electronically monitored and recorded. Security concerns require this to protect the public from harassment, unwanted calls and illegal activities. This is a common practice in correctional facilities across the country.

To receive a call – To take a call from an inmate, you must accept the charges or set up a prepaid phone account with the Inmate Telephone System Provider (See Cost and billing section). When an inmate calls, you are informed that you have a collect call from an inmate at the specified facility and are given four options: accept the call, refuse the call, block calls from the facility or get a rate quote for the call.

Hours – Calls can be prohibited for security reasons at any time.

Frequency and length of calls – How often an inmate can call depends on the inmate’s classification level. Calls are limited to 30 minutes.

Cost of Calls: The flat-rate cost is based on a $0.24-per-call connection fee and 12 cents per minute. A 30-minute long-distance call from an inmate at Montana State Prison, Montana Women’s Prison and Pine Hills and Riverside youth correctional facilities to anywhere in the continental United States costs about $3.84 plus taxes and fees mandated by state and/or federal law. Costs vary at the contract facilities because they use different providers.

More on Inmate Phone Calls from the Montana Department of Corrections

List of Montana State Prisons