Could Rip-Off Phone Prices for Prison Inmates Be Coming to an End?

In the fall of 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to put a cap on the rates for all prison calls and ban the majority of add-on fees that had been imposed on the calls. The decision was a great victory for the families of inmates and criminal justice activists, who had been pushing for the rates to be eased for years.

Phone calls are a lucrative market for prison profiteers, as corporations arbitrarily assign ludicrous prices for communication. People often pay between $400 and $500 a month to speak with family members behind bars. On top of that, consistent fees (for charges like “maintenance”) can increase the costs of calls by up to 40 percent…

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