8 States Ask To Join Okla. Challenge Of FCC Prison Rate Caps

Law360, Washington (February 25, 2016, 2:37 PM EST) -- Eight states on Wednesday moved to join Oklahoma's D.C. Circuit challenge of the Federal Communications Commission order capping rates on inmate calls from prisons and jails, arguing that the cap doesn't allow for a "reasonable cost recoupment" of the money spent providing calling services.

Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada and Wisconsin jointly asked to intervene against the FCC's "arbitrary and capricious" decision that they contend did not account for direct affects their own inmate calling systems, or ICS, will feel from the rate caps of no more than $0.11 per minute, along with other fee restrictions.

"Prison ICS typically charge...

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