The Escalating Fee on Calling the Incarcerated

It is surprising that the innocent have to part with lots of cash to communicate with their imprisoned loved ones. For instance, Anthony Koffalt, who was arrested in Pennsylvania for having sneaked out with items from Walmart, his wife has spent at least $3,000 to contact him through the communication services provided by the Global Tel-Link. It looks like the innocent are the ones feeling the wrath of the justice system rather than the imprisoned.


The Cost of Communication


According to the relevant sources, the cost of a 15-minute call is $12.90 in prison here Mr. Koffalt is kept. The prison is however located just a few hours’ drive from where his wife stays in Franklin, Pa. The cost of the same length of call among the free citizens in Pennsylvania is only 60 cents. This implies that the prisoners and their loved ones spend an unbelievably high amount of money to keep in touch. Ms. Koffalt reported that every time she deposits $25 into the communication box, the communication services provider chops of $6.95 on an instant basis. Ms. Koffalt who does not even drive remained adamant that she does not have such an amount of money to spend on communication alone. She explained that she has to take care of her 19-year-old son and his girlfriend and that means she does not have much.


Apart from MS. Koffalt, there are many other instances where people complain of extremely high communication fee as per the Tel-Link. It is believed that the cost of making calls can be taken down despite the vivid efforts by the company to make them even higher. The situation has led to many citizens being unable to get in touch with their loved ones, especially when they stay too far from the penitentiary and cannot afford to make the expensive calls.


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