Survey: Losing your paycheck to collect calls fees

The New York Times has an editorial about how the New York State’s highest court has rejected  a lawsuit by families of inmates who claimed the prison system overcharged them for telephone calls from their loved ones. Nonetheless, the suit and the intense lobbying has helped reform this unfair system of charging 16 cents or more a minute with a $3 surcharge for every call. New York, along with other states, received a hefty percentage of the fees–nearly 60 percent–making prisons a revenue opportunity. Read the whole editorial here.

How much money did you spend on collect calls and what did you sacrifice? Fill out this form and we’ll post results [UPDATE: See how much people spent on collect calls and what they sacrificed]:

About Sandeep Junnarkar

Sandeep Junnarkar is the founder and editorial director of Family Lives Behind Bars.