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Legacy Inmate Communications Responds to FCC Instituted Rate Caps for In-state Inmate Calling

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 calls. 

 

Legacy Believes there are Serious Legal Questions Regarding the FCC’s Jurisdiction to Regulate In-State Inmate Call Rates More...


FCC Prepares for October Ruling on Inmate Calling Services

Written by James Lowery

 

As Legacy has communicated to our valued clients for the past several months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been considering proposing new rate regulations on all inmate calling

 

As a recap, in 2013 the FCC capped interstate calling rates at $0.25 for collect calls and $0.21 for prepaid calls (FCC 13-113). Now, in partnership with Commissioner Clyburn, Chairman Wheeler is proposing to cap rates for all ICS calls – local, long-distance, and international – while limiting fees on calls. More...

Inmate Call Regulation Continues to Evolve

Written by: Curtis A Brown

Photograph by: Credit Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times

 

FCC 13-113 Overview

 

On August 9, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new rule, FCC 13-113, which imposes a strict inmate interstate call rate cap.  The new rule, which will affect only calls made from one state to another, requires inmate communication providers to charge no more than $0.21 per minute for interstate prepaid calling and $0.25 per minute for interstate collect calling.  It also suggests that further regulation may be still to come, including ancillary charges as well as video visitation services.  Furthermore, the FCC strongly recommends that the states themselves adopt new regulation capping inmate call rates.  Many of our clients have asked if further regulation is on the horizon and what they can expect in the coming months.

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Affordable Care Act’s Expansion of Medicaid Brings Vital Healthcare to Millions of Inmates

Written by Cyrus Heravi

 

Prisons across the U.S. are signing up inmates for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, transferring a substantial amount of inmate healthcare costs to the federal government.

 

The Affordable Care Act is allowing states to extend Medicaid coverage to single and childless adults, a large part of the inmate population. This means that standard inmate care is still provided and paid for by the states, but hospital stays beyond 24 hours will be covered by Medicaid for signed up inmates.

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FCC Ruling Aims to Make Interstate Calls More Affordable for Friends and Family of Inmates

Written by Cyrus Heravi

 

A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling 13-113 places a 21 cent per minute limit on interstate prepaid calls and a 25 cent per minute on interstate collect calls.

 

FCC Rule 13-113 Background

                                                                                                                           

Like most industries today, the inmate communications industry is experiencing a shift in business as usual. The days of exorbitantly high calling rates and rejected calls to friends and family who cannot afford a simple phone conversation­­— these days are coming to an end. While we at Legacy believe that affordable rates for friends and family is essential to inmate rehabilitation and a healthier community, the new FCC ruling does present new challenges for the corrections industry and the vendors who provide secure communication services.

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