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FCC inserts itself into prison-industrial complex debate with new ruling

October 22nd the FCC finally stepped into a debate that could have wide-reaching effects on this nation’s criminal justice system. After many years of reticence, they finally issued a ruling clamping down on the exploitive practices of private companies providing telecommunications services to America’s prisons. The new FCC rules seek to cap fees for phone

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Investigation Into Prison Phone Companies

By Christopher Zoukis Prison Legal News is engaging in an investigation concerning deceptive practices by prison phone companies. We at the Prison Law Blog encourage you to submit documentation to Prison Legal News if you have been a victim of such practices. The Prison Legal News notice is as follows: HRDC and PLN are gathering

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Louisiana Public Service Commission Considers Prison Phone Issues

By Prison Legal News The Advocate reported in March 2014 that tensions were high between Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Eric Skrmetta and PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell during a hearing on issues related to prison and jail phone rates. Previously, in December 2012, the PSC voted to lower the cost of phone calls made

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FCC Regulations On Exorbitant Prison Phone Rates Ineffective: Prison Phone Providers Still Cashing In

The families of the more than two million men, women, and children behind bars in America found something to cheer about earlier this year when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set new caps on interstate rates for telephone calls from prisoners, an effort spearheaded by Prison Legal News‘s tireless advocacy.  Whereas contract providers like Global

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