JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced that phone calls at all state-operated facilities are now cheaper.
Phone calls will cost inmates less than 4 cents per minute, and soon all three private prisons will offer the same rate. The rate was previously 11 cents per minute, but a new agreement with Global Tel Link will drop the rate to .039, according to MDOC.
"The reduced rate will make services even more accessible and affordable for inmates' families and loved ones," Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said. "Family members will be able to stay in touch with their loved ones without worrying about the cost. We realize that family contact is very important for rehabilitation."
MDOC last dropped rates in March 2016 after the FCC mandated lower rates.
According to MDOC, inmates made over 3.5 million phones calls from March 2016 to January 2018 for over 37 million minutes.
In addition to the reduced phone rate, the new contract calls for equipment and technology to aid the department's efforts to control contraband cellphones inside prison walls.