FCC to Address High Phone Charges For Inmates

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission is poised to impose limits on how much companies can charge inmates for phone calls.

The FCC is scheduled to vote today on an issue that inmates' families asked it to address a decade ago.

The vote is on a proposal by Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to limit charges to 21 cents a minute for debit or prepaid calls and 25 cents a minute for collect calls. Clyburn says the limits are conservative.

The rates for inmates' phone calls have varied widely. In some cases, a 15-minute call has cost $17 and additional fees have been tacked on. Families usually end up paying the bills. Other restrictions are being proposed.

Providers and some law enforcement officials have opposed rate caps.