New York Inmates’ Families Fleeced

October 17, 2009

My clients have been complaining about this for years. Thanks to the Center for Constitutional Rights, things may change soon. New York State had been giving out sweetheart deals to telephone companies, which charged exhorbitant fees for collect calls from inmates in state prisons. The State shared in the gouging, while families, many of whom could ill afford it, paid what really amounted to another government tax. The practice was stopped for state prison systems a few years ago, but this still goes on in local county jails. Maybe if this suit is successful, we’ll see less of these practices around the country.

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