Imagine randomly getting a bill in the mail, on some sort of online account, saying that you owe $17.00 for a 15 minutes phone call to somebody. Wouldn’t that shock, disturb and leave you repulsed? This repulsive, stomach churning reality is what loved ones of prisoners have to contend with. For those who are incarcerated only a short time, the situation is relatively not as bad. However, when a person is incarcerated for years or decades, it can hit their social network pretty hard. Imagine being a child and having a father who is put away for 30 years. Usually, children do not want to be forcibly parted from their parents, though justice has to be served when people do crimes. There are statistics that suggest that, in general, children tend to behave better, not engage in destructive situations and be happier and more successful when they are in solid, stable homes.
Experiencing phone calls from loving parents who are incarcerated adds an extra element of stability to a child’s life. Unfortunately, phone calls are so expensive that children may be limited by their caregivers as to how many times they can call their parents and for how long. The fact that children are not able to talk to incarcerated parents for enough hours without accruing endless debt adds to the instability and heartache of the situation that they are in.
These facts aren’t secrets—the people in Global Tel-Link who make business decisions know full well that they are messing around with people’s lives and psyches by putting hurtful practices in place. However, the facilities that imprisoned people stay in are wolves in sheeps’ clothing, because they seem like they aren’t part of the problem when they really are. Like the thoughtless animals that they are, facilities actually give incentives to Global Tel-Link to charge people so much.