FCC trying to stop phone companies that rip off prisoners' families #1yrago
The private phone companies that charge prisoners’ families up to up to $12.95 for 15 minutes’ conversation are not the worst prison profiteers, but they’re pretty high up in the rogues’ gallery of greedy, immoral predators who view the poorest and most vulnerable Americans as penned-up wallets.
The prison privateers are abetted by the prisons themselves: they kick back a huge share of their loot to the prisons who employ them, putting the prisons in the morally hazardous position of making more money by interfering with inmates’ rehabilitation.
After 14 years of trying, the FCC has finally introduced a regulation capping the rates that prison phone companies can charge, but the fight’s not over yet. The Republican Commissioners have argued that this is outside of the FCC’s jurisdiction, which has opened the door to a challenge by Global Tel-Link and Securus, the two biggest leeches on prisoners’ families finances.