Costly Phone Rates Prevent Incarcerated From Staying Connected to the Outside World

Phones are the only way for prisoners to contact the outside world but many factors, including high rates and limited accessibility, have made it more difficult to make a call.

For some prisoners the inability to connect with loved ones has negatively affected their mental health and safe reintroduction into society.

The Criminalization Punishment and Education Project (CPEP), a prison rights advocacy group, highlights the many struggles imprisoned people face when making a phone call including high rates, privacy concerns and limited access to phones.

Telmate, an American phone service provider, provides phone services for prisons.

Piché noted that some issues under the previous provider Bell, service such as only being able to call landlines or high collect calling charges being sent to recipients have been resolved with the transition to Telmate.

However, many problems remain including being unable to leave messages and poor service quality. Concerns about privacy have also raised when it was made known that Telmate records and stores phone calls.

High costs associated with making phone calls are enough to discourage some incarcerated people from using the phones.

Incarcerated people can put money, which can take up to two weeks to be processed and added, on a prison card and make prepaid calls at a flat rate of $0.64 a minute for local calls and $1.55 for long distance.

If the prepaid cards are depleted, local collect calls are $0.70 plus tax for the recipient, and long distance collect calls are $0.08 a minute.

“When you’re in custody, you need to rely on some sort of outside support to make sure that you have a job, don’t lose your house and you’re able to have someone access and take care of finances for you,” said criminal lawyer Michael Spratt.

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Cat Dispute Between Florida Neighbors Leaves One Man Dead

This sounds like a episode from the show “Fear Thy Neighbor”.

In the show, it depicts real life stories of how neighbors who usually start off friendly become bitter adversaries over minor disputes which end up escalating to extreme violence — sometimes fatalities.

This is so ridiculous. Imagine losing your entire life about a cat. Also imagine doing about 20 to life about a cat.

I know neighboring can be extremely annoying & difficult sometimes. I wonder if there were previous issues leading up to this.

Clifford Anthony Bliss Jr Mugshot

Thoughts?

17 Year Old Texas Teen Charged With School Threats & Beastiality For Having Sex With Dogs

McLennan County mugshot

SUPER WEIRD. Those eyes tell a strange tale. This guy looks completely bugged out.

I feel so sad for that poor dog. Get that dog some counseling!


The Daily Beast — 17 year old Daniel Dakota Weber was arrested in Sept. for allegedly vowing to launch an attack on his high school where he is a senior. The cops got a warrant to search his phone, and found it “contained several videos showing a medium-size, mixed-breed dog having sex with Weber” in a motel room, according to his arrest warrant.

Weber reportedly told the cops he made the threat on Instagram because he wanted school to be canceled for the day.

His bond was raised from $15,000 to $20,000 for the bestiality charge.

In Texas, bestiality is punishable by up to two years in state prison.

Rap Mogul Jay Z Teams With The Innocence Project To Raise $1M To Investigate Wrongful Convictions In Midwest

Hip Hop Wired — According to The Huffington Post, Jay-Z has once again partnered with The Innocence Project.

This time their focus is on the Midwest. According to the announcement Team Roc, the criminal justice division of Roc Nation, has helped raise over one million dollars for the non-for-profit organization.

Tricia Rojo Bushnell, Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, called the effort “a huge investment”. As per the press release the funds will ultimately strengthen their ability to look at these cases which is going to shine a light on what the group needs to do to provide a just criminal legal system in Wyandotte County.

Back in September Team Roc filed a lawsuit against the police department in Kansas City. “The KCKPD is entrusted by the public to help maintain peace in the community. Yet, for years, it appears that officers have abused their power and engaged in wrongdoing,” the filing read. “To the extent that the KCKPD did not take any steps to remediate these issues, the public should have a right to know so they can organize and take appropriate steps to effect change.”

You can learn more about The Innocence Project here.