(NEWSER) – Phone calls can cost inmates and their families up to $14 a minute, NBC News reports. But that changed Thursday when the FCC voted 3-2 to cap the rates and fees phone providers can charge for service in US prisons and jails, according to the Huffington Post.
"Voting to endorse today’s reforms will eliminate the most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen in my 17 years as a state and federal regulator," FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn says. NBC reports the FCC started looking at the issue in 2013 because of a Washington DC grandmother who was spending $1,000 a year to talk to her incarcerated grandson. Ulandis Forte says his grandmother sometimes had to decide between paying for her medication and talking to him, but he credits her calls with enabling him to turn his life around after his release.
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