FCC Urged To Probe Lobbying For Prison Call Contracts

Law360, Washington (October 5, 2015, 6:26 PM EDT) -- An advocacy group urged the Federal Communications Commission in a letter made public Monday to investigate lobbying by prison call service providers as it considers an order that would place caps on the rates that inmates could be charged for phone calls, alleging abuse and corruption in the industry.

The Human Rights Defense Center, a nonprofit group that publishes monthly newsletter Prison Legal News, said in its letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that it had detailed instances of "abuse, corruption, and … lack of accountability" by Inmate Calling Service, or ICS, providers to FCC multiple times going back to 2007....

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