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Old 08-08-2018, 02:11 PM
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Default Florida inmates spent $11.3 million on MP3s. Now prisons are taking

Florida inmates spent $11.3 million on MP3s. Now prisons are taking the players

"For the last seven years, inmates have stocked the libraries of their personal MP3 players with $2 downloads. Come January, they’ll be forced to hand it all over because the Florida Department of Corrections signed a new deal with a competing company."

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How blatant can it get?

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The Department of Corrections, meanwhile, has collected $1.4 million in commissions on each song downloaded and other related sales since July 2011.

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In the Access Corrections contract, revenue left over after paying to run the program went back in a general fund controlled by the Legislature. But in the JPay contract, the Department retains any excess revenue in its Administrative Trust Fund.
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What a bunch of B.S.

Those MP3 players were already owned by the inmate, they weren't "leased" like many of those tablets are.

If they could already take those old MP3 players home with them after release and pay $25 to unlock them, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to hold on to them in prison.

JPay knows many of those inmates will probably be tempted to turn around and purchase those same songs again on the new tablets -- $$$ into JPay's pockets.
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The same thing happened in Colorado. Offenders bought tablets from Access then DOC contracted with GTL. They allowed offenders to keep their old Access tablets. They can't download anymore music though.
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