U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) reintroduced the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 to prevent video visitation and inmate phone call companies from exploiting incarcerated individuals through exorbitant and unreasonably expensive fees and low-quality services.
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Duckworth is reintroducing the legislation after a federal court denied regulations that put a cap on the cost of inmate phone calls. Now, large corporations have the option to exploit inmates and their families in telecommunication price hikes with no federal oversight.