Everybody knows prisoners are routinely ripped off by the phone provider/dept. of corrections contracts across the States. Yet, it’s not something I’ve dealt with in depth here at Prison Photography (except for a brief bout of disgust toward a foolish Gaga music vid.)

Published in Inmate Telephone News

U.S. prisoners pay as much as $17 for a 15 minute call with their families in a jailhouse phone market dominated by two private equity-backed companies, and that cost now is drawing scrutiny from regulators.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:35

Equine Therapy: Prison Inmate Programs



equine therapy in prisons


By Claire Dorotik, LMFT

While there may be some people who believe that inmates cannot, or should not be rehabilitated, returning them back to civilian life in a productive way is actually the original purpose of our prisons.

Published in Prisoner Support
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:29

Prison phone smuggling common in Calif.

California prison groups say 20 employees who have resigned or been fired were caught smuggling inmates cellphones.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

The event, designed to commemorate some of the most infamous prison breaks in American history, will feature interactive and family-friendly activities all weekend long.  Visitors can try their hand at Bocce Ball, a means of escape for inmates in the 20th century, or decide which inmate is truly responsible for Eastern State's 1945 tunnel escape.

Published in Prison Legal News

RICHMOND — About four dozen prisoners at Virginia’s only super-maximum prison began a hunger strike Tuesday, demanding an end to what they call poor conditions, ongoing abuse and the practice of  solitary confinement.

Published in Current Events

By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – Fri, May 18, 2012

What if it cost $17 to make a 15-minute phone call in the U.S.? How often would you call home?

That's the dilemma facing many inmates who must rely on the prison phone service and pay sky-high rates.

A bipartisan group of prison reformers is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop phone companies from charging inmates what they call unreasonable and predatory rates to make phone calls.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
by David Carey | Published October 31, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Global Tel Link Inmate Phone Service Now Belongs To American Securities.

American Securities LLC on Friday signed a $1 billion agreement to buy Global Tel Link Corp. from rival New York buyout firm Veritas Capital, a person familiar with the matter said.

The target's owners and creditors will receive $950 million at closing and an additional $50 million if certain contingencies are met, the source said. No formal deal announcement will be issued, the source added.

Veritas declined to comment. Neither American Securities nor Global Tel Link returned phone calls.

Veritas, an 82% owner, stands to reap more than a 325% gain on its $115 million, nearly 3-year-old investment in the Mobile, Ala.-based provider of telecom services to federal prison inmates. GS Direct LLC, an investment arm of Goldman, Sachs & Co., will earn a similar return on its $15 million outlay.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

By David Siders Friday, Oct. 07, 2011 | 12:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday making it a misdemeanor for prison guards or visitors to smuggle cellphones to inmates, a bid to reduce inmates' ability to organize gang activity and other crimes from behind bars.

Senate Bill 26, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, toughens penalties for inmates caught with cellphones and subjects the smugglers to as much as six months in jail and a fine of $5,000 per device. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation last year, saying it was too soft on inmates and those who smuggle phones.

Brown, a Democrat, also issued an executive order instructing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to increase physical searches of people who enter prisons and to find a way to interrupt unauthorized cellphone calls.

Published in Prison Legal News

By Carlton Purvis



Every time someone smuggles a cell phone into a prison, another prisoner loses a ping pong ball. Well, not literally, but when a prisoner uses a cell phone illegally, it’s not only a safety issue, but it cuts into profits from the telephone system used to provide prisoner amenities.

In the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), 74 percent of revenue for prisoner’s amenities comes from the telephone system, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The report is a public version of a prior report that was deemed law enforcement sensitive because it contained information about how cell phones were smuggled into prisons.

The Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 made it illegal to have cell phones in federal prisons. But despite the law, cell phone jammers, and technology to detect phones, cell phone use in prison is still growing.

In 2010, the BOP confiscated 3,684 cell phones from its institutions. Thirty-two percent of them were found in low, medium, or high security areas. The remainder was found in minimum security prison camps. In more secure facilities, the numbers had doubled from 2009.

The numbers show that there are obviously some problems keeping cell phones out. Corrections officials attribute the rise to the availability of small, low cost cell phones and the result of stricter searches.

Officials want prisoners to have contact with the outside world. It helps inmates maintain family and community ties. It also helps them reintegrate back into society when the time comes. What officials don’t want is for prisoners to do it illegally.

Using the prison telephone system, prisoners are usually limited to 15 minute phone calls. They pay six cents per minute for local phone calls and 23 cents for long distance phone calls. They can also call collect.

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