Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Inside the Shadowy Business of Prison Phone Calls

...Over the last decade, the prison phone business has become a scandalous industry, characterized by lawsuits, exorbitant fees,  high phone rates and monopolistic relationships between public jails and private companies that openly offer kickbacks to local sheriffs. In May 2015, Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service commissioner, described the prison phone business in his state as “worse than any payday loan scheme.”

“Regardless of what they’re using the money for, this is about shifting the cost of the police state onto the backs of the poor people being policed,” says Paul Wright, executive director of Human Rights Defense Center and a longtime advocate for more affordable prison phone rates.

More:  http://atavist.ibtimes.com/fcc-prison-telecom-industry

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