Compared to other Wisconsin counties, the Door County jail has newer technology and making calls is less expensive for inmates. Many county jails throughout the state of Wisconsin still rely on collect calling for inmates to make calls to contact family members or their lawyers. Door County jail contracts with a 3rd party phone service provider, keeping the cost of the calls down to just 30 cents per minute for local calls and 25 cents per minute for out of state calls. Lt. Kyle Veeser works for the Sheriff's Office in the Door County jail and he says this system allows outside family members to shoulder part of the cost.
A recent study released by the Prison Policy Initiative showed that some Wisconsin county jails were charging well over the national average for phone calls. A 15-minute call in certain counties can cost up to $22, with the national average at around $5.50.