FCC caps 'extreme and egregious' jail phone charges

FCC caps 'excessive and egregious' prison telephone rates

Who’re the criminals in this story? The FCC has acted to scale back what it calls “extreme charges and egregious charges” of as much as $14 per minute charged by federal and state prisons. The fee notes that whereas contact between inmates and households reduces recidivism, “excessive inmate calling charges have made that contact unaffordable for a lot of households, who typically reside in poverty.” It began the motion after receiving a petition from Washington, DC grandmother Martha Wright, who requested aid from the “exorbitant” charges she paid to name her grandson in jail.

In consequence, it decreased common charges almost in half to $1.sixty five for 15-minute lengthy distance calls, whereas eliminating most ancillary charges and capping the remaining. As jail coverage advocate Aleks Kajstura advised NBC Information, meaning “calls that used to value a greenback a minute now might be as little as eleven cents.” It additionally signifies that former inmates can begin their lives after jail with somewhat more money of their denims. To quote Nick Nolte’s character in 1989’s Three Fugitives “25 cents an hour, six hours a day, 5 years. That is $1,740. Not a lot for all that laundry, huh Lucas?”

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