FCC Proposes Expansion Of Prison Call Rate Caps

By Bryan Koenig (October 1, 2015, 4:33 PM EDT) -- Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission circulated a proposed order Wednesday that would place caps on the rates prison inmates could be charged for phone calls, floating a major expansion of a 2013 rule that had been limited to calls across state lines.

Rate reform is important to avoid crippling financial burdens on the families of prisoners and ensure inmates stay connected with the outside world, which helps reduce recidivism, Clyburn wrote in a blog post Wednesday. The 2013 order had capped interstate rates at 21 cents per minute.

"The 2013 order was a big...

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