Oklahoma Attorney General's Office Wins Case Against FCC Inmate Phone Call Price Controls

Ruling to save DOC, sheriffs millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced a victory in an on-going dispute over inmate phone call rates and the costs incurred by the state corrections department and county jails for allowing those calls.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out federal intrastate rate regulation, saying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks legal authority to mandate rates for inmate phone calls that take place entirely within one state. The court faulted the FCC for “ignoring the terms” of the law and for “misreading” the court’s precedent.