Activist Groups, Others Back FCC Inmate Call Rate At DC Circ.

By Natalie Olivo (September 29, 2016, 8:53 PM EDT) -- Prison reform groups and others threw their weight behind the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, telling the D.C. Circuit that the agency did not overstep its authority when setting mandated limits on rates for inmate calls, including related fees.

An intervenor group known as the Wright petitioners, which includes the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project Inc., Prison Policy Initiative, and prisoners and their families, asked the circuit court to uphold the rate caps, arguing the FCC's authority extends to the regulation of ancillary service charges related to inmate calling payment methods.

The Wright petitioners, who were joined in supporting the FCC...

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