Sheriff Ashe fought FCC on move to control outsized phone charges at jail

It amounted to a burden on families who could ill afford it. Steep charges, fees through the nose, even outright theft were all baked into the deal.

Yet Prison Policy Initiative Executive Director Peter Wagner got nothing but hostility from Hampden County Sheriff’s Department when he implored the department to amend its former inmate phone service contract with third-party provider GlobalTel Link.

Under the terms, an inmate’s 15-minute call to a family member or friend could cost up to $17 dollars, with 74 percent of that going back to the jail as a “commission.”…

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