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Updated: 04/19/2014 08:00:02AM



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A Wall Street Journal report Friday shed some light on the costly but lucrative business of jailhouse phone calls. Sun staff writer Adam Kreger explored the issue in a March 27 report on the services provided to local jails by phone companies, Global Tel*Link and Securus Technologies, the firms used by Charlotte and Sarasota counties, respectively.

Recently, the Federal Communication System capped rates such carriers could charge for interstate calls at $3.75 for 15 minutes. The FCC also issued a notice in September that “a significant number of [inmate] calls are intrastate, highlighting the need for reform of intrastate rates,” the Journal reported. The FCC also blamed fee-sharing arrangements employed by the companies for driving up phone rates. Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties receive payments from their jail phone providers as part of their contracts.

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