Well done, FCC! Making changes that will positively affect the lives of those still incarcerated and their families, while punishing greedy businesses.
Currently, phone calls often cost more than $1 per minute including surcharges—creating outsize profits for the $1.2 billion prison phone industry. Prisons … sign exclusive contracts with companies like Global Tel-Link, and receive a cut of the proceeds from each call, creating an incentive to raise rates as much as possible.
FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn called the current system—which drains the resources of the United States’ 2.4 million mostly poor inmates and their families—”untenable, egregious and unconscionable.”