FCC to Vote on Prison Phone Rate Reform

The FCC was set to vote this past Friday on reforms to the prison phone business. Families of inmates have pushed for limits for over a decade on how much inmates can and should be charged for making phone calls to their loved ones.┬áStudies have consistently found that prisoners who maintain close contact with their family members while incarcerated have better post-release outcomes and lower recidivism rates, dating as far back as a 1972 study entitled “Explorations in Inmate-Family Relationships”. With rates soaring and making calls to family and friends often prohibitively expensive, the reforms could directly link to overall reductions in recidivism, and that is something to call home about.

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