Prisoners would be able to keep in touch with family, friends for cheaper but critics argue this would prevent prisons from making money .
The FCC said in a statement it will cap rates for local and in-state calling services for inmates at $0.11 per minute to make calling “reasonable and fair for all Americans.” It aims to help inmates connect with their families by keeping the cost of phone calls low. The current rate is approximately $0.20 per minute.
Bernadette Rabuy, senior policy analyst at Prison Policy Initiative, said the cap will encourage families to connect with their loved ones in the prison system. She said family connection is the best way to keep inmates from returning to jails or prisons after they are released.