How The FCC Is 'Redialing' Its Inmate Call Fee Regulations

Law360, New York (September 1, 2016, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Lewis S. Wiener

Frank X. Nolan Inmates at prisons and jails across the country typically communicate with their families through the use of collect calls, debit accounts and prepaid accounts. Since at least 2003, when a relative of an inmate petitioned the Federal Communications Commission, rates charged by prison phone companies for inmate calling services (ICS) have come under scrutiny for charging as much as $1 per minute for the use of phone and video calls. Prison phone companies also charge "ancillary fees" for things such as automated payments, paper bills or talking to a customer service representative. In addition to...

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