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Ruling on prison phone costs stalled

Grandmother fought for years to lower expense

WASHINGTON — Almost a decade ago, a petition by the families of inmates tired of paying sky-high rates for prison telephone calls landed at the Federal Communications Commission.

Martha Wright-Reed of Washington, an 86-year-old former nurse who is blind, and other petitioners didn’t think it was right for their incarcerated sons, daughters, and grandchildren to pay so much more than everyone else to keep in touch.

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