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In 'Extraordinary Victory,' FCC Votes to Cap Exorbitant Prison Phone Fees


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In 'Extraordinary Victory,' FCC Votes to Cap Exorbitant Prison Phone Fees

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Marking what one advocacy group called "an extraordinary victory for the millions of families of the incarcerated," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to cap the rates for all calls from prison, jails, and detention centers, ban most add-on fees imposed by prison phone service providers, and set strict limits on the few fees that remain.


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A long time commin, but here it is.....bravo! now let's force the feds to decriminalize cannabis and end the schedule 1 designation and stop sabotaging research on cannabis doing the bidding of big-pharma!


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WHY the F could such calls not be Mandated to be FREE??????


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"... an extraordinary victory for the millions of families of the incarcerated..."

"... the millions of families of the incarcerated..."

"... MILLIONS OF FAMILIES..."

What a truly, disgustingly sick system.


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Particularly considering Americans make up only 5% of the total world's population -- but yet 25% of it's total incarcerated prisoners! (☉_☉) How did we get here???


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I wonder how long before these changes are put into effect? My friend is in jail in georgia, the other phone company is similar to the rates quoted above but the current one? it works out to $1/minute! So we only write letters now. It's a $10 top up fee, out of control.


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2016 is a year to look forward to for us at PrisonConnect in solidarity with inmates as this is the year in which the reforms by FCC on call rates come into effect. We celebrate this in light of the fact that prison life is hard enough as it is and prisoners need that regular call to a loved one for solace at fair charges. Congratulations to the FCC.