There Rutledge goes again; this time to preserve high prison phone rates | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 31, 2016

There Rutledge goes again; this time to preserve high prison phone rates

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:25 PM

When Attorney General Leslie Rutledge intervenes in a lawsuit, you can be sure the little guy isn't going to be looked after. Clean air? She's for the smokestacks. Women's medical care? She's for controlling their wombs. Equal treatment of all people. She's against it if they're gay. And so forth.

Here we go again. She announced she'd been allowed to intervene in the federal case over the Federal Communications Commission order attempting to make prison telephone rates not so punishing on the families that pay for the sometimes confiscatory calls. Arkansas needs the money. Why not take it from people attempting to talk a few minutes to someone in prison.

“It is important for Arkansas to add its voice in strong opposition to the FCC’s order,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By being a part of this litigation, I will work to ensure that local budgets and law enforcement agencies across this State are not burdened with a costly, unlawful order from the federal government. I am confident that in the end the Courts will invalidate this order, which failed to consider cost permanently.”
Understand lower rates don't "cost" anyone anything. They just lower the revenue, to 11 cents a minute for local and long-distance calls. They'll still produce a profit.

David Koon wrote about Arkansas's punitive rate structure in 2013, when the FCC was beginning to see a need for actoin.

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