In the past decade or so, as we all know, telephone costs have plummeted. Not so with Cook County. (Chicago) Illinois inmates who continue to pay not only high rates compared to today, but high rates even compared to the generally higher rates we all experienced years ago. Why?
Drama erupted recently at a Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting. What was the source of the drama? The phone rates that are charged to inmates when making phone calls. The commission, which is comprised of five members, was until recently split down the middle (with one abstention) on whether there should be changes to the rates charged to inmates.
With the number of contraband cell phones rising each year, prison officials in California rolled out a new, high tech approach to combating the use of illegal mobile devices in correctional facilities.