As of August 2013, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has set the phone rate for calls made from jail at 25 cents a minute for collect calls. The rate is 21 cents a minute for debit or prepaid calls.
The rate for phone calls made from prison had been reduced to its current value after the families and friends of inmates had continued to ask the FCC to ease their burden of having exorbitant phone bills. Before this move by the FCC, a 15-minute phone call cost as much as $17. The FCC said that keeping in touch with family aids in the rehabilitation of inmates.