ClearingHouse Review

Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

A Long Time Coming: The Case for Prison Phone Justice Reform

Article Abstract: 

When family members must pay for collect calls from incarcerated relatives, ongoing contact essential to prisoners’ successful reentry is impeded. In many states, prison phone service providers paid commissions to state correctional agencies or private corporations that operate prisons and passed on the cost to prisoners’ families. A recent Federal Communications Commission ruling caps the costs of interstate prison phone calls; advocates continue to seek a cap on intrastate calls.

Artika R. Tyner