Virginia’s Director of Corrections, Harold Clark, submitted a comment to the Federal Communications Commission in favor of the reduction in commissions and/or charges related to prison phone calls.
Here an actual scan of the letter submitted by Clark on the FCC website.
February 15, 2013
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. S.W.
P. 0. BOX 26963
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23261
This in response to your Notice of Proposed Rule Making, December 28, 2012
concerning an upcoming decision of the Federal Communications Commission
relative to offender phone rates.
In the opinion of this office, offender phone rates should be more
reasonable either through a reduction in the commission charged, a reduction in
the cost to the offender, or a combination of both.
At the present time the Virginia Department of Corrections is in the
process of issuing a competitive solicitation to establish a new contract for
this agency’s offender telephone system. The aforementioned points (reduced
commission, reduced rates or a combination of both), is the guidance which
I have given my staff as objectives for our future offender phone contract.
I trust this information is of assistance to you, and helps your agency in
Harold W. Clarke
cc: The Honorable Marla G. Decker, Secretary of Public Safety, State of