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DC Prison Phone Statute Banning Kickbacks 2001

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District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition
§ 24-263.01. Telephone charges in penal or correctional institutions.
(a) Notwithstanding any other District of Columbia law, no telephone service provider shall
charge a customer a rate for operator-assisted calls made from a penal or correctional institution
in the District of Columbia in excess of the maximum rate determined by the Public Service
Commission of the District of Columbia.
(b) No penal or correctional institution in the District of Columbia shall charge a surcharge,
commission, or other financial imposition that is in addition to legally established rates for local
or long-distance telephone service.
(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-280, § 2, 48 DCR 1885)
Legislative History of Laws
Law 13-280, the “Fair Phone Charges For Prisoners Act of 2000”, was introduced in Council and
assigned Bill No. 13-632, which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory
Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on December 5, 2000, and December
19, 2000, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on January 22, 2001, it was assigned Act No. 13577 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 13-280 became
effective on April 27, 2001.
DC CODE § 24-263.01