Providers of prison phone services have been fighting hard to reverse the cut in rates and fees approved by the Public Service Commission in December
Officials inked new phone contracts for the state prisons and Orleans jail before rules cutting phone commissions went into effect, so families will continue to pay high fees to speak with inmates. Sheriff Gusman stands to collect $1.5 million in phone call commissions this year.
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A vote today will decide whether prisoners’ families will pay an estimated 35 percent less for calls placed from Louisiana lockups. Current rates are 15 times the cost of a normal phone service in Louisiana.
Fannie McKnight can no longer accept phone calls from her son. It’s a decision she made with a heavy heart.