FCC cuts cost of phone calls to Kentucky inmates

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Federal regulators have cut the rates charged for phone calls between inmates and their families in Kentucky.

The Federal Communications Committee says the average cost is currently $4.50 in Kentucky for a pre-paid, long-distance phone call lasting 15 minutes within Kentucky from a family member to a relative in prison.

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The FCC said Thursday its new rate cap cuts that cost by 63 percent to $1.65 for the same 15-minute call. The FCC says it also cut its existing cap on interstate long-distance calls by half. It says that brings the cost of a 15-minute interstate long-distance call to $1.65.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn led the effort to reform the inmate calling system. Clyburn says easing the financial burden on those families is the compassionate thing to do.