FCC Investigating Price Gouging of U.S. Prisoners

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A human rights group on Nov. 15 praised the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to cap the rates charged to families of prisoners.

SumOfUs.org, a non-profit consumer and citizen rights group, praised regulation circulated a day earlier which it said would be a key turning point in a decade-long multi-organization campaign to protect the poorest families in the nation from predatory telephone charges.

“For over a decade the FCC let this injustice continue. It’s time the FCC made sure prison phone companies cannot prey on the 2.7 million kids in the U.S. who have a parent in prison and rely on phone calls to provide stability, comfort and a sense of normalcy,” Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfUs.org, said in a statement.

“But under the weight of growing public opinion it is about to take the critical first step toward regulating prison phone costs,” she added. “We commend the FCC and call on them to accept and implement the rule. People all over the Unites States are sick of the privatization of public services, from schools to hospitals to prisons.”

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