The enormous costs of receiving calls from prisons in the US is becoming astronomical. Prison phone call companies are making it unaffordable for inmates to call home. We report the news related to these issues.

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Montana Wants Regulations on Phone Calls Between Inmates and Their Prison Loved Ones

The Montana Public Service Commission has sought the public’s comments on its proposal. Its commissioners have proposed to limit the amount of the charges applied to phone calls between inmates and their prison loved ones. Those opposing the purposed changes argue that the recommended rates wouldn’t allow the carriers to make back their money. Commissioner Tony O’Donnell […]

Deaf inmates in the US are still forced to use outdated TTY to call home to prison loved ones.
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Deaf Inmates Face Phone Communication Woes Using Outdated TTY

It’s pretty hard for prisoners to call their loved ones left at home. But, the situation is even harder for deaf inmates due to the outdated TTY technology being used in most US prisons. This is according to a recent article published in partnership between Wired and The Marshall Project. Majority of prisons still use […]

Lightning crashes Volusia jail’s video visitation system
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Lightning Knocks Down Volusia County Jail Video Visitation System for Over a Month (Video)

A lightning strike crashed the video visitation system recently at the Volusia County Jail. Jail officials thought it would be a quick and easy fix. But it wasn’t back up and running for a month and two days after the storm. Lightning Crash at Volusia County Jail Affects Inmates It had become Brittany Crenshaw’s routine to eat, […]

A government report suggests that some prisoners should be allowed to Skype to chat with loved ones who can't travel to prisons for visits.
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Government Report Suggests Prisoners Should Be Allowed to Skype with Family

Recently, The Guardian posted about a report submitted that suggests that some prisoners should be allowed to Skype to chat with family. This could help strengthen prison families. The suggestion to use Skype to get in constant touch with family and relatives is geared towards strengthening family ties. It’s a way of preventing re-offending, according to […]

The Enormous Costs of Incoming Calls from Jails in Montana May Soon Become More Affordable
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Good News: Costs of Incoming Calls from Jails in Montana May Drop Soon

According to an Independent Record report, incoming calls from jails in Montana may actually get cheaper. These prisoners’ loved ones may soon find prison calls more affordable. Prison inmates and jail detainees in Montana will soon be able to enjoy cheaper calls to their families. This may soon become a reality. The Montana Public Service […]

Prison phone call companies, such as Global Tel Link, are creating dubious charges for prison loved ones, making calls from prison unaffordable.
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Prison Phone Call Companies Accused of Ripping Off Customers with Unexplained Charges

Last week, MuckRock published an investigative report on prison phone call companies. It clearly shows that they are hitting prison loved ones with dubious charges. These are not the best of times for thousands of people who have loved ones locked up behind prison bars. Apart from the pains of losing a loved one to […]

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The High Cost of Calling Home

Last post I looked at some new technology that gives the loved ones of inmates who live at a distance a new way of visiting: video calls. Those who live a significant distance away, or have young children, or an unforgiving work schedule that bars them from normal visiting hours find this new opportunity intriguing. […]