- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of Mississippi’s prison system says the cost of prison phone calls is dropping by more than half.

In a Thursday news release, Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher says the per-minute cost is dropping from 22 cents to 11 cents. Also, various associated fees are being eliminated or reduced.

The department says it is adopting the per-minute cap the Federal Communications Commission set last year for debit and prepaid interstate and intrastate calls.

Fisher says the move will reduce expenses to inmates’ families. However, he said the reduced revenue will mean less money for the Inmate Welfare fund. Fisher said the fund pays for services, supplies and equipment for inmate education, recreation and other programs.

The department said commissions from phone calls totaled over $1.4 million last year.

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