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Federal Agency Gets Upset Over Charges For Phone Calls In Virginia Prisons

Federal Agency Gets Upset Over Charges For Phone Calls In Virginia Prisons

The Federal Communications Commission is considering making companies lower the charges for phone calls that inmates make in Virginia prisons. The calls can currently cost up to 24 times more than a normal call. Steven Renderos of the Center for Media Justice says prison phone companies defend their rates, but he says they have not responded to government requests to explain why. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has acknowledged that phone calls play a critical role in reducing recidivism by keeping inmates in frequent contact with their families.