Friday, August 26, 2005

SBC Monopoly

I picked up the phone to make a collect call today and realized the telephone company was switched. There was no notice of the sudden change.

As I listened to the phone company's automated system, it identified itself as the SBC long distance service. After I heard the new price for the call, I knew the SBC corporation had monopolized the contract for the jail.

The first minute is $3.65. Then, each additional minute is $0.65. A 15-minute phone call will cost $12.75.

The previous telephone company charged $3.30 for the first minute and $0.30 for each additional minute.

Also, all phone calls are subjected to being recorded. There is no confidentiality between attorney and client.

So, not only is Big Brother watching us, it's laughing to the bank.

Who says crime doesn't pay?

15 Comments:

Blogger Right Wing Nut said...

This is a great post. The convicted robber complaining about being gouged $12.05 by SBC for a 15 minute phone call.

However, I'll bet that SBC has to fork over a fair chunk of that change back to the state. After all, some one has to pay for all the costs of your incarceration. If you're willing to pick up the tab for your room and board, I'm sure that the government would be more than happy to make an allowance for you to use 5 cents/minute phone cards like every one else is using in the outside world.

11:05 PM  
Blogger grant said...

right wing nut:

there's something i don't get. in your blogger profile, and on your blog (i hope you don't mind, i read some of it)--you profess some very strong christian values. yet, your comments in this blog tend to be very harsh and judgemental? if i'm not mistaken, doesn't your religion advocate quite the opposite? i though judgement was supposed to be left to god, and that above all other things, christians should believe in the power of redemption. your comments on here really don't reflect that, especially your apparent non-belief in the ability of those convicted of crimes to rehabilitate themselves or to ever really become absolved of their crimes. really, how much pennance do you think these folks should pay before society is able to look past what they've done, and understand that they are reformed?

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Blogger Right Wing Nut said...

Can a man be reformed? Yes. Can a man be forgiven for his past trespasses? Yes.

However, just because a man has reformed himself and has secured his release from prison, it does not mean that the harm he caused did not occur or that scars he inflicted on his victims are healed.

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Blogger Right Wing Nut said...

Grant:

Do you really think I am being overly harsh and judgmental in my comments? Quite honestly, every one loves a story of redemption -- "I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see." I love Amazing Grace as much as any one else.

Still, you should see the common thread that runs through some of Eddy's posts. He's the victim in all of this. He's the one being oppressed by SBC, the prison industrial complex, etc., which is quite a different message than his testimony during his parole hearing.

I will say this. When the millenium bomber gets a 22 year sentence and Eddy serves 19 years for his crime, I would say something is askew in his case. Then again, I did not hear about Eddy's case until recently and I don't know if the man he was in 1990, 1995, 2000, etc. is the same man he is now.

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