Who Really Pays For Inmate Phone Calls?

INMATE PHONE CALLS: WHO IS SUPPOSED TO PAY IN THE END?

This is a very big debate that has been going on across the nation. There are some who view inmate phone calls as a blessing. Others view it as a curse. In order to fully understand both sides, we must first break it down.

THOSE WHO ARE FOR THE INMATE COMMUNICATION PHONE CALLS AND RATES

Most of the time a person goes behind bars due to something bad they have done. Over the years the prisons have been somewhat “non-commital” on the phone call issue. Some prisons do not allow it, They say it will hike up the costs, and there are many who don’t want to deal with the extra money.

There are others who are support it. Many of these people come from families. Their families are sending out care packages, money and other things to support the people they love. These calls help to keep some of these men and women out of trouble. In many ways, these inmate communication options become a blessing.

THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST IT

There are many who are against this topic from the start. As this article stated, it puts the debt of these calls onto the hands of the poor people.

“Most of us are just surviving. Most of us are just barely making ends meet as it is. To put this burden on us us like adding insult to injury. How are we supposed to pay the taxes on these calls, when we can barely keep $25 in our savings account”?

This is just one of the many arguments you will hear from people on this side of the fence. Some have asked why the FCCC can’t pick up the bill. Usually, their response lies somewhere in the middle of the statement below.

“We try to put a fund aside to pick up this tab. Unfortunately, this doesn’t end up well. The money gets allocated to other things instead. We always make the argument, but somehow we get the run around. I think they just come with an excuse not to use those funds for what they are intended for”.

It’s an ongoing battle. Should the prisons be picking up the tab? Should the tab be placed on the poor Americans who can barely make ends meet? This argument has been brought up before and it will be again. The only difference is the prisons are waiting for an actual answer, not the normal excuse ring they find.

REFERENCES:

http://www.tbo.com/news/crime/expensive-inmate-phone-calls-a-tax-on-poorest-advocates-say-20160423/