Thursday, October 2, 2014

Virginia Department of Corrections Contracting with JPay: Prison Bankers Cash in on Captive Customers, Inmates' Families Gouged by Fees

This article is not one that I’d typically post but I was so bothered by the state of Virginia using this company I’m posting it so more people will be aware of who the Commonwealth is contracting with. 


Prison bankers cash in on captive customers, September 30, 2014
Inmates' families gouged by fees
By Daniel Wagner
(There is an additional 22 minute video at this link) that is well worth a watch after you've read the below
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series examining how financial companies charge high fees to the families of prison inmates. The second part, which will run Thursday, focuses on no-bid deals between Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the U.S. Treasury, under which they provide financial services to the federal Bureau of Prisons.  

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Pat Taylor doesn’t believe in going into debt. She keeps her bills in a freezer bag under her bed, next to old photo albums, and believes in paying them on time religiously. For Taylor, living within your means is part of being a good Christian.

Lately, Taylor, 64, has felt torn between that commitment and her desire to be a loving, supportive mother for her son Eddie.

Eddie, 38, is serving 20-year prison sentence at Bland Correctional Center for armed robbery. He’s doing his time at a medium-security Virginia state prison located 137 miles northwest of Johnson City, across the dips and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains here in the heart of Appalachia. The cost of supporting and visiting Eddie keeps going up, so Pat makes trade-offs. 

Virginia Legislative Goals/ Action Item Page Added Today

For the last 6 years I have maintained a Legislative Goal/Action Item list that continues to grow every year. 

I refer to these proposals as “Good Bills” as opposed to the yearly Bills I fight against (based on myth, fear and hate) at the Virginia General Assembly they’re the “Bad Bills”. 

From the Goal List, I occasionally post Action Items/Alerts on this blog for all of you to act upon.  

In the October 2014 Building a Better Registry Brochure 6 proposals are listed and then at the bottom it directs readers to visit this blog for the full list. 

So today I added a Legislative Goal page off to the right side under Directory so everyone understands what can be fixed through legislation.