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Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post – Martha Wright, 86, sits in her NE Washington home next to a photo of her grandson, Ulandis Forte. In 2003, Wright was billed more than $20 each time her grandson, who spent 18 years in prison, called her on Sunday evenings.

By Cecilia Kang,
Washington Post, Updated:  Friday, August 9, 12:01 a.m.

Federal regulators will vote Friday to overhaul prison phone rates that have skyrocketed, concerned that a few companies are taking advantage of an unregulated corner of the telecommunications industry and isolating convicts from their loved ones.The rates, which can reach $17 for a 15-minute call, have been a boon for a small set of companies and the prisons that get a share of the money. Many of the phone service providers are privately held and do not disclose revenue.

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