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In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

In a number of Louisiana parishes, prisons receive over a 50% commission from inmate phone calls

Last fall, in the wake of news that Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish would be moving to video-only visitation, MuckRock began requesting materials from parish law enforcement throughout the state. We need your help to bring this scrutiny close to your home.

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Louisiana's Jefferson Parish moves to video-only inmate visitation

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish moves to video-only inmate visitation

For the first time in the Bayou State, inmates at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center will only be available to family and friends via video.

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Prison phone companies resorting to dubious means to recoup their costs

Prison phone companies resorting to dubious means to recoup their costs

Hundreds of people have written to the FCC to describe tales of suffocating service fees and general confusion over a prison phone system that seems to be genuinely indifferent to the casualties of its practices.

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Minnesota records give detailed look at commission charges in state prisons

Minnesota records give detailed look at commission charges in state prisons

Materials released by Minnesota offer insight into trends in prison entertainment and communications, where the captive consumer population provides a clear opportunity for an Inmate Calling Services provider like JPay.

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Nevada governor vetoes bill banning private prisons

Nevada governor vetoes bill banning private prisons

Nevada’s move to ban for-profit prisons ended in a veto last week. Instead the state, which is dealing with overcrowding in its own facilities, will send prisoners to for-profit operators out-of-state without any anticipated caps on the practice.

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