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Prison Phones Prove Captive Market for Private Equity

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valium co to za lek U.S. prisoners pay as much as $17 for a 15 minute call with their families in a valium with alcohol high jailhouse indian diazepam buy phone market dominated by two private equity-backed companies, and that cost now is drawing scrutiny from regulators.

temazepam or diazepam valle de valium chords Global Tel Link Corp., blue valium vs yellow Securus Technologies Inc. and smaller competitors in the $1.2 billion inmate-phone industry bid for exclusive contracts to provide telephone service, agreeing to pay as much as two-thirds of calling charges to government or private prison operators. Those commissions can drive fees to levels that make it difficult for prisoners to maintain contact with spouses, children and parents.

valium and soma interaction “Hello, does anybody hear me out there?” David Wrobleski, serving a life sentence in a how long valium stay in system Michigan prison, wrote July 15 to U.S. valium capsule prezzo Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. “Over the years, I have lost most of my contact with my family and friends due to the increased cost of a telephone call from the prison setting. I come from a very poor family.”

dose valium In an online question-and-answer exchange last month, Genachowski, a Democrat, called prison phone rates a “serious issue for families, communities, security” and said the FCC is “preparing next steps.” He didn’t provide details.

valium flashback dos A collection of civil rights, religious groups and members of Congress is pressing the FCC to act on a petition filed in 2003 by prisoners and family members to cut “exorbitant” rates. Representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the United Church of Christ, the National Urban League and other organizations met with Genachowski in September and asked for a clear date for action.

Singapore Cheaper

“It is cheaper to call valium vs xanax anxiety Singapore at 12 cents a minute from a cell phone than it would be to speak to someone in prison in this country,” a group of 30 organizations and individuals said in a May 18 filing asking the FCC to cap interstate rates. The current system, they said, provides “every incentive to choose bids that maximize fees.”

valium risks Global Tel*Link, based in diazepam overdose long term effects Mobile, Alabama, has about 50 percent of the correctional phone services market, followed by can valium be mixed with alcohol Securus with almost 30 percent, according to Standard & Poor’s.

valium cymbalta Global Tel*Link directed questions to its owner, American Securities LLC, a Park Avenue private equity firm. Caroline Harris, a spokeswoman for American Securities, declined to comment. So did Michael Millican, a spokesman for buy valium walgreens New York based Castle Harlan Inc., which owns diazepam effect on pupils Securus.

Commission Criticism

valium as needed Prison phone charges vary by location. A 15-minute call through Global Tel*Link costs $2.36 in valium depression Massachusetts and more than $17 in diazepam drug category Georgia, according to a study released Sept. 11 by the Prison Policy Initiative, an advocacy group in Easthampton, valium gas effects Massachusetts. In vasco rossi valium 97 New York where commissions aren’t allowed, Global Tel*Link charges about 5 cents a minute, according to the study.

The commissions phone companies pay to prison operators “are the product of a public policy decision made by correctional authorities, and in some cases state legislatures,” which may use their share of phone fees to fund prison operations and inmate welfare funds, Dallas-based Securus said in a filing with the FCC.

where can i buy valium in the uk Prison calls cost more than residential telephone service for reasons that include security requirements and bad debts, according to Securus, which said in a filing that it has about 1,400 contracts in 46 states.

Extra Security

buy cheap diazepam from india Prison calling services include security capabilities such as preventing call-forwarding and conference calls, and caller identification based on voice analysis, Global Tel*Link said in an Oct. 3 filing at the FCC. Chief Executive Officer Brian Oliver discussed inmate calling in a meeting with Commissioner Ajit Pai, a member of the agency’s Republican minority, according to the filing.

Prisoners make collect calls or set up prepaid accounts funded by relatives or by their earnings from prison jobs that pay cents per hour. buy cheap diazepam from india Service providers may collect per-call fees in addition to time-based charges, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

Forty-two states got commissions from phone companies in 2008, averaging 42 percent of the charges and reaching as much as 66 percent, according to a July filing by groups asking the FCC to set a benchmark rate of 20 cents or 25 cents a minute.

Until recently, charges from Global Tel*Link ran about $100 a month for Tom and Dora Pickles, 79-year-old retirees in Wake Forest, diazepam cause weight gain North Carolina. Their son, Scott, is serving a life sentence in abstinenser av valium Connecticut after killing his wife and two children.

“We have counted that as an expense that was just there we didn’t care what it was, were going to live with it, and pay it,” Dora Pickles said in a telephone interview.

 

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