DALLAS, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- T-NETIX, Inc. (Nasdaq: TNTX), was
officially notified by the State of Alabama that it has been awarded a three- year contract to provide InterLATA, intrastate and interstate long distance service to all inmate and public payphones in state locations.  The contract, which includes service for 26,500 inmates in 32 correctional facilities, also provides for two, one-year renewals at the option of the State.  According to a state representative, "the contract was competitively bid in accordance with Alabama state law.  134 vendors were invited to participate and five bids were submitted.  T-NETIX was awarded the contract because it satisfied all conditions of the invitation to bid and offered the state the most favorable financial conditions."

    T-NETIX estimates that the Alabama contract will represent about
$36 million in gross revenues during its first three-year term, and an
additional $12 million for each one-year renewal.

    For the past three years, T-NETIX has acted as an equipment provider for this account in fifteen of its facilities, delivering phone service to the
State through its partners with our P-III platform.  With the new contract, T-NETIX will become the prime contractor to the State and will directly provide these public and inmate long distance services.

    As part of the award, T-NETIX will upgrade the existing P-III platform to its Digital ComBridge(TM) product.  Digital ComBridge(TM) is T-NETIX's state- of-the-art inmate calling platform that provides a complete telephony monitoring and control system utilizing the latest in T-NETIX patented technology. Two significant feature upgrades for the Alabama DOC include three-way call detection and digital recording technologies.

    "I am pleased with the contract award from the Alabama DOC, and look forward to working with Commissioner Haley and his staff to deliver
exceptional telecommunications services to inmates in Alabama and to their families," said Pete Meitzner, EVP of Sales & Field Operations for T-NETIX. "I believe that this award and others like it further demonstrate T-NETIX focus and commitment to delivering new top-line revenue to shareholders through our core inmate business."

    About T-NETIX, Inc.
    T-NETIX is a leading provider of specialized call processing and fraud
control software technologies, and is the nation's largest provider of
corrections industry related telecommunications services.  The services
offered include specialized call processing and billing services for
correctional institutions to the telecommunications industry, direct local and long distance call processing for correctional facilities, value-added
telecommunications services such as pre-connection restrictions, digital
recording, jail and inmate management systems, video booking, and call-
processing systems hardware.  The company serves more than 1,600 corrections facilities and justice departments nationwide.  For news and information, visit the company's web site at http://www.T-NETIX.com.

    Forward Looking Statements
    Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted or expected results.  Those risks include, among other things, the competitive environment in the industry in general and in the company's specific market areas, inflation, changes in costs of goods and services and economic conditions in general and in the company's specific market area. Those and other risks are more fully described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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