Bloomberg Law
May 20, 2021, 9:01 AM

FCC to Cut Some Prison Call Costs, But Most Are Beyond Its Reach

Jon Reid
Jon Reid

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to reduce out-of-state phone call rates in major prisons and jails by more than 30%, its latest attempt to bring down high calling costs said to hit Black inmates particularly hard.

The plan, which the FCC is expected to approve Thursday, would prevent companies like Securus Technologies and Global Tel Link from charging incarcerated people and their families more than 12 cents a minute in large prisons, and 14 cents in large jails, for calls to and from other states.

The agency is expected to impose rate caps on international calls for the first ...

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