In present days, the cost associated in trying to reach the people in prisons is very high. The families are highly affected by the phone call costs and to make a 15 minute call, the prisoner family needs at least $18. To speak with their family for one hour in a week, the prisoner must have $280. The prisoner can make calls to their families in two ways that includes making a collect call or making calls using a debit card that is provided by the prison authorities.
Through this predatory principle, the total income generated by the state prison system is $362 billion. A survey reports that 2. 2 million families people are in prison and out of total population , a parent of 2.7 million children are in prison. And most of the prisoners are from vulnerable economical backward community.
Most of the states in United States charge high fee for making collect calls but Alaska is the only state that provides collect call at free of cost to all the prisoners.