The Obama administration is pushing for new federal rules to make phone calls less expensive for inmates.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking feedback on a number of proposals that could be implemented to lower the costs of calls made from prisons and jails.
“This is not just an issue of markets and rates, it is a broader issue of social justice,” Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.
Collect calling is often the only option available to prisoners who want to dial out. Rates for collect calls can range from 5 cents to 89 cents per minute, and a 15-minute chat can cost as much as $17 in some states.