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In Washington, there are*:
All of these facilities have exclusive contracts with prison phone companies like Securus and Global Tel Link. Most of these contracts guarantee a hefty kickback to the state or county agency that comes out of the profits of the telephone calls.
Contracts often go to the company that offers the highest kickback, NOT the company that offers the lowest rates for calls. Prisoners and their loved ones end up paying the price for these unfair contract arrangements.
The national Campaign for Prison Phone Justice has been challenging the Federal Communication Commission to cap the cost of interstate prison phone calls by acting on the Wright Petition, and capping the cost of calls at $.07/minute.
We want Washington legislators and utilities commissions to do the same. Lower the cost of calls from Washington prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and other detention centers to ease the burden of prisoner families, most of whom are poor or working class, and people of color — people in communities already hit so hard by mass incarceration.
*Number of facilities based on May 2013 data.
**Source: Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs <– a lot of the links are broken, so i am going to keep searching for the most reliable data