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There’s widespread agreement that prisoners in the US pay far too much for phone calls, but several of the Federal Communications Commission’s attempts to cap those prices have been blocked in court.
One of the biggest obstacles is that phone companies have to pay large “site commissions” to prisons and jails in order to win the exclusive right to offer phone service to inmates. Newly released documents show that these payments can account for up to 60 percent of what prisoners pay for calls.
MuckRock, a nonprofit journalism organization that focuses on public records requests, obtained the contracts between prison phone companies and some parish jails in Louisiana.
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