State of Phone Justice: Local jails, State Prisons and Private Phone Providers
Date:  02-15-2019

Read how much people in your state are paying for a prison phone call today compared to 2008
From Prison Policy Initiative:

At a time when the cost of a typical phone call is approaching zero, people behind bars in the U.S. are often forced to pay astronomical rates to call their loved ones or lawyers. Why? Because phone companies bait prisons and jails into charging high phone rates in exchange for a share of the revenue.

The good news is that, in the last decade, we’ve made this industry considerably fairer:

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) capped the cost of out-of-state phone calls from both prisons and jails at about 21 cents a minute;

  • The FCC capped many of the abusive fees that providers used to extract extra profits from consumers; and

  • Most state prison systems lowered their rates even further and also lowered rates for in-state calls.

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