Your April 28 editorial was exactly right that prison phone rates are exploitative and counterproductive, and that oversight by the Federal Communications Commission would help address this problem nationally. Yet sadly, Massachusetts’ own regulator, the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, lags far behind.

Despite the best efforts of Prisoners’ Legal Services and many others, the DTC has long delayed action on a petition on behalf of prison phone consumers that has been pending since 2011. Our state has an opportunity to promote family contact and reentry prospects by making prison calls affordable, but that will only happen if the DTC gives extortionate prison phone rates, and our petition, the attention they deserve.

Leslie Walker
Executive director
Prisoners’ Legal Services