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Is electronic monitoring the solution to mass incarceration?

October 21 2015Electronic monitoring is touted as a potential solution to the problem of mass incarceration. Not only would it decrease prison and jail populations, but it’s also cheaper on a per-person basis, saving states money, and would put individuals back in their communities and with their families. But a new report cautions against the Read more

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FCC Vote for Prison #PhoneJustice is Here

Join the Media Action Grassroots Network for our  amazing victory! Tomorrow, October 22nd, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission will vote for the comprehensive reform of a broken prison and jail telephone industry. The FCC is voting to cap the rates for all calls from prison, jails and detention centers; ban most fees; and pave the Read more

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Watch the vote with us!

We are on the verge of an amazing victory. This Thursday, October 22, the Federal Communications Commission will vote for the comprehensive reform of a broken prison and jail telephone industry. The FCC is voting to cap the rates for all calls from prison, jails and detention centers; ban most fees; and pave the way Read more

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Senators Take a Stand for #PhoneJustice

The  following letter was sent  Senator Cory Booker and  14 Senators lauding the FCC for capping prison phone charges. Signers are Booker, Sanders, Leahy, Durbin, Blumenthal, Markey, Casey, Heinrich, Brown, Franken, Coons, Whitehouse, Wyden, Menendez, and Peters.  Download the letter  or read below. October 15, 2015 The Honorable Thomas Wheeler Chairman Federal Communications Commission 445 Read more

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Court revives Challenge to NYPD’s Dragnet Surveillance of Muslim Americans

This article is reposted with permission from Equal Future and was written by Logan Koepke Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit breathed new life into a lawsuit that challenges the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s dragnet surveillance of Muslim communities after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Whatever may happen in court, Read more

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Youth Cultural Organizing Takes Off at Voices

This blog is reposed from the Voices for Racial Justice website and written by their Youth Organizing Director, Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Márquez. This summer, Voices for Racial Justice conducted our first ever organizing training for youth. The Youth Cultural Organizing Training (YCOT) embedded cultural strategy into an organizing intensive with an explicit race lens for 10 Read more

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Targeted Surveillance, Civil Rights, and the Fight for Democracy

On October 13th 2015, CMJ Director Malkia Cyril gave a lunch keynote address at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference. The original speech transcript is below.   Thank you. I am honored to be here. I am honored to represent those who, too often, aren’t called to this table, aren’t heard in these halls. I’m Read more

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#RightToConnect Delegation

The Media Action Grassroots Network is in Washington D.C. this week leading 9 member delegation of MAG-Net members who have flown in from all over the country for the #RightToConnect Delegation. We have a packed 2 days starting with our Congressional Briefing at noon EST  Tuesday October 6th, to educate Congressional leaders on the important Read more

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F.C.C. Proposes Phone Rate Relief for Families of the Incarcerated

Today the Federal Communications Commission announced its proposed rules to make phone calls from correctional and detention facilities more affordable by capping rates and eliminating expensive fees. Members of the Media Action Grassroots Network, made up of nearly 200 organizations across the country, applaud the move as a huge step to address exorbitant call costs Read more

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Prison Phone Fact Sheet

As the fight for prison phone rates heat up, take some time to learn a little more. Download the Fact Sheet here: Prison Phone Fact Sheet