Phone Rates For Inmates

Phone Rates For Inmates

New FCC rules capping rates for interstate phone calls to and from prisons went into effect recently. We speak to prisoner advocates and telecom companies about the change.

New FCC rules capping the rates of phone calls for interstate calls to and from prisons went into effect recently. Before the rate caps, a 15-minute call could cost as much as $17. Advocates say the cost made it difficult for inmates to stay in touch with family members. The fees collected are typically split between the private telecom companies providing service and the states or municipalities operating the facility. Those companies are appealing, noting that security and other issues make providing service more expensive. We explore the issues in play.

Guests

Marc Mauer

Executive Director of the Sentencing Project, and editor of "Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment" (New Press)

Stephanie Joyce

Partner, Arent Fox LLP

Arnett Gaston

Clinical psychologist; Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

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