prison http://wwno.org en State Public Service Commission Considers Lowering "Sinful" Prison Phone Rates http://wwno.org/post/state-public-service-commission-considers-lowering-sinful-prison-phone-rates <p></p><p></p><p>When a prisoner calls home to talk to his mother, son, or daughter, that call costs his family about 15 times more than it would if the same number were dialed outside the prison walls.&nbsp; These costs vary from one jail to the next, but every Louisiana prison receives a hefty kickback from the collect phone calls inmates make simply to stay in touch with their friends and families.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:49:29 +0000 Eve Abrams 23500 at http://wwno.org Rags to Riches to Prison for Ex-Congressman http://wwno.org/post/rags-riches-prison-ex-congressman <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; <font color="red">William</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Jefferson</font>, who rose from north Louisiana poverty to become the state&#39;s first modern era African-American congressman and one of its most powerful politicians, is expected to report to a federal prison Friday.</p><p>A federal investigation dissolved his power and turned him into a laughing stock over bribe money hidden in his freezer.</p><p>He was convicted in 2009 of soliciting bribes in connection with African business deals. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 16:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10251 at http://wwno.org