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December 06, 2012

After almost a decade, FCC has yet to rule on high cost of prison phone calls

Almost a decade ago, a petition by the families of inmates tired of paying sky-high rates for prison telephone calls landed at the Federal Communications Commission.

Martha Wright-Reed of the District, an 86-year-old former nurse who’s blind, and other petitioners didn’t think it was right for their incarcerated sons and daughters to pay so much more than everyone else to keep in touch.

Phone companies that charge high rates say most of their revenue goes to governments in the form of commissions that help pay for their criminal justice systems.

Read the Full Story Here: Washington Post