Federal agency plans to cap the cost of inmate telephone calls

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month set new caps for local and long-distance phone calls to and from jail inmates that are expected to take effect next year in county jails, and although the Washington County jail warden said his facility is in compliance, it’s an issue that the county prison board took action on Wednesday.

At the request of Warden Edward Strawn, the prison board extended the county’s contract for inmate telephone services with GTL, GlobalTel Link, on a month-to-month basis to allow other providers to respond to a request for proposals.

“They put a maximum on that,” Strawn said before the prison board convened. “Some other facilities’ phone companies had too-high rates for inmates’ families. We weren’t one of those. It really didn’t affect us at all.”…

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