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There’s money to be made in the prison business and that creates even more misery for the families of those behind bars.
Toya Woodland says people like herself who have family members behind bars in Minnesota have spent up to $300 a week just to talk to them on the phone. That’s because prison phone systems have been privatized and corporations have been able to charge many times more than regular phone services rates for the calls. Woodland says while her husband was in jail she had to take out high interest payday loans just to afford to talk to him.
Woodland’s husband is a military veteran who developed a drug habit while in the service. She says once he left the military he turned to a life “petty” crime and theft to support his habit, which led him to prison.
“A lot of our veterans end up in jail based on addictions they develop while they’re serving the United States of America.”
The Federal Communications Commission recently cracked down on companies such as Securus which provides the service to prisoners at the Ramsey County Detention Center. The FCC ordered Securus and other prison phone companies to cap their rates. While lower than what they charged before, the capped rates are still about 10 times higher per minute than most providers and the companies can still charge extra fees that can send the phone bills soaring.
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"Government sponsored human trafficking" is what one religious leader calls the possibility of Minnesota paying corporations again to imprison people.