The Associated Press uncovered a workforce of prisoners producing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of agricultural products and goods by popular food brands.
Finding meaningful work that pays a decent wage can be especially hard for people coming out of prison. The Last Mile is hoping to change that.
The agency has more authority to regulate the cost of those calls, which could mean significant savings for families of the incarcerated.
The women learn child care skills and are paid prison wages to take care of their babies.
"Second-chance hiring" is on the rise, but those with criminal records still face significant barriers to employment.
The goal is to help women find jobs that pay more than a minimum wage salary, with benefits.
Conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Wisconsin were so bad that now, a federally appointed monitor oversees the facilities. As the number of kids there has declined, costs have gone up.
It can't buy freedom, but it bought one inmate some life-improving phone calls.