JPay Fined for Preying on Prisoners

Consumer Bureau Takes Action Against Predatory Tactics

Imagine being forced to pay a fee just to access your own money. Or, being forced to sign up for a specific debit card in order to access funds you need when you are released from prison. This card, of course, then charges outrageous fees to someone already facing challenging circumstances. The business model — creating a monopoly on prison financial transactions and preying on victims with no other options — is how JPay earns profits.



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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .