A mostly Democratic group of senators sent a letter Thursday praising a
Federal Communications Commission proposal — expected to be considered
this month — to limit the amount of money that inmates are charged for
This year the #Corporations of #Corrections of #america is “celebrating” 30 years of tearing apart families, continuing slave labour, deporting people and so many more terrible things within their plan of privatizing prisons. There is nothing to celebrate in that. Check out #nationinside for what they are doing to resist this shit #amc2013 (at Allied Media Conference)
National Urban League President & CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the FCC order on Interstate Inmate Calling Service Rates.
“Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and the FCC are to be commended for voting today to bring balance to the needs of inmate families—especially the 2.7 million children in the U.S. with an incarcerated parent—with service providers by setting reasonable telephone rates that will remove the financial burden from families trying to support their incarcerated loved ones.
“Through the ex-offender programs offered by a number of Urban League affiliates, we know that a successful re-entry into society begins before an inmate is released, and is aided by their ability to remain connected to their families on the outside.
“After almost a decade, the order on Interstate Inmate Calling Service Rates affirms that, with advances in technology, there is no good reason for low income families to be forced to choose between the essentials of daily life and staying in touch.”
A sister describes her experience taking care of her incarcerated brother’s teenage son, and her own young child, while only 24 years old. Years later the impact of being separated and divided still impacts their family.
As we wait for the FCC to take action on the cost of prison phonce calls family members keep calling in their stories. This call, from a mother in Virginia, says it all. We now have about 3 hours of these calls - is there a brave radio station out there that would like to play them all? www.phonejustice.org
Because of the high-cost of prison phone calls radio show, like Calls from Home, provide family members a way to communicate with their loved ones. I produced this show back in 2001 for prisoners in the central Appalachian region. Today, we need to tell the FCC it is time for prison phone justice. www.phonejustice.org