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State likes ring of no inmate-calls cost cap

By Jeannie Roberts

This article was originally published June 18, 2017 at 3:48 a.m. Updated June 18, 2017 at 3:48 a.m.

Dina Tyler, a Community Correction Department deputy director

State officials are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal appeals court ruled last week that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in 2015 when it slashed and capped inmate telephone rates, effectively sapping millions of dollars from prison and jail budgets across the state and nation.

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NRC says... June 18, 2017 at 10:02 p.m.

These millions are not coming from the convicts. The State of Arkansas is proudly demanding millions in overcharges from the POOR FAMILIES OF CONVICTS in prison before allowing family to speak to their incarcerated loved ones. Old Mama will just have to pay up dearly if she wants to speak to her loser son in prison. It is a shame and a disgrace to take advantage of the poor like this.

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Zoesophie says... June 19, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.

The cost is actually higher as well.... It's closer to like $3.12 to connect and then on top of connection it is $0.15/minute. A 30 minute call costs $7.62 and come from the inmates' families. It is taking money from those already suffering. Sad part is a video visitation is $5 for 30 minutes, but this requires equipment many families cannot afford.

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