New rates and rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission will dramatically reduce the cost of interstate calls from prison and jails. That will allow millions of incarcerated parents to stay in touch with their families and children without having to pay exorbitantly high rates of $1 a minute or more for service. Often, it is the families who have to bear the onerous costs of the calls, either by accepting collect charges or by finding phone cards for those in jails or prisons.

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