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PPI sparks New York Times column “Phoning From Prison, at Prices Through the Roof”

by Leah Sakala, February 3, 2014

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We asked The New York Times consumer protection columnist David Segel (AKA “the Haggler”) to look into the outrageous charges that families are forced to pay to speak on the phone with incarcerated loved ones.

And he did! Peter’s letter and the Haggler’s investigation were printed in yesterday’s paper.

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