Written By: Curtis A Brown and Allyson Walker
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Legacy Inmate Communications, a leading provider
of inmate communication services to several hundred correctional facilities
throughout the United States, has issued its response to last week’s decision
by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to further limit the cost of
phone calls from jails and prisons. The new law will affect all types of inmate
Believes there are Serious Legal Questions Regarding the FCC’s Jurisdiction to
Regulate In-State Inmate Call Rates More...
by Allyson Walker
Image by Peter
Macdiarmid / Getty Images
Roughly two-thirds of the nearly 700,000 people released
from U.S. prisons each year will be rearrested and many will be back behind
bars within just three years of their release.
A Growing Problem
sure isn’t helping to reduce the incarceration rate in the United States, which
has been the highest in the world for over a decade. In fact, while the U.S.
represents only about 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of the
world’s prisoners. With a cost of $24,000
per inmate per year and $5.1 billion in new prison construction, criminal
correction spending is the
second-fastest growing budgetary item after Medicaid.