A Phone Venture: Calling All Prisoners

BRIAN PRINS's motto is this: One man's monopoly is another man's opportunity. After being released from prison in May 2002, the first thing he did was to make a business of pulling customers from under MCI's exclusive control of New York States prison phone system. Last year, his company, Outside Connection, based in Bellmore, N.Y., made nearly $2 million. It is among a handful of new ''remote-call forwarding'' services around the country that provide people with a way around the monopolies that many states grant to large phone companies for control over collect calls coming from inside state prisons.

By Ian Urbina

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