Friday, August 30, 2013

Prison Phone Call Was on Hold

I typed in prison phone calls as a draft search for an earlier post and nothing came up. WTF?

"Ruling on prison phone costs stalled; Grandmother fought for years to lower expense" by Justin Moyer  |  Washington Post, December 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — Why do phone calls from prison cost more than other phone calls?


Phone companies that charge high rates say most of their revenue goes to governments in the form of commissions that go to state and county governments that help pay for their criminal justice systems....

Greedy, money-grubbing, government.

‘‘The proponents of slashing rates call them ‘kickbacks,’ ’’ said Joyce. ‘‘I feel that does a disservice to these government entities that are complying with state law or trying to fund overtaxed jails.’’

The commissions are considerable. In some Virginia prisons, they are 35 percent of the price of a phone call....


Related: Slow Saturday Special: Prison Phone Call Put Through