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Prison Boycott in Illinois Targets Costs of Incarceration

This article was originally published on Truth Out, it has been reposted with their permission. During the month of April, at least 100 of those incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, about an hour outside of Chicago, Illinois, participated in a boycott of the overpriced phone calls, commissary goods and vending machines. “Mass incarceration is a Read more

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Prison Phone Infographic

This Infographic was created to explain the new prison phone rates went into effect March 16th, 2016

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Cap the Cost: Prison Phone Guide

In September 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it would be considering further reforms to prison telephone rates. This toolkit was designed as a guide for community members and organizations to submit comments to the FCC.

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#CallAccepted: FCC Finally Answers the Call for Prison #PhoneJustice

"There is one number that simply haunts me—perhaps because I am a parent. Across the country, 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. That is 2.7 million children who do not know what it means to talk regularly with their mother or father."

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Thank you, together, we did it!

Tonite the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice received the Digital Media Pioneer for Social Justice Award at the Minority Media and Telecommunication Council’s (MMTC) annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit in Washington D.C.

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No Mas Costly Phone Calls

As Latinos we understand the importance of family, it’s far more than just a shared bloodline—it’s a social and communal anchor that helps to define our aspirations, as well as our experiences and needs. When open communication is threatened—or worse yet, commoditized—we all pay the price.

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Let’s make history. FCC, Make it (W)right to Call Home!

The meeting featured what can only be called a “historic” conversation. Gathered on the 8th floor--Mrs. Martha Wright, her grandson Mr. Ulandis Forte and Mr. Jackie Lucas--three named plaintiffs from Martha Wright vs. Corrections Corporation of America--shared their personal stories related to the Wright Petition (Docket 96-128) with the FCC.

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The time to act is now!

“We’ve been working on this issue for years,” said Kay Perry of CURE. “We’ve been at this since before the Martha Wright petition…. On behalf of the thousands of people that CURE represents, we need action now.”

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The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice Visits Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California

On August 23rd, a delegation of organizations from the California Bay Area met with the Deputy District Director of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to discuss the high cost of receiving a phone call from a prison, jail or detention center. Member-organizations of the delegation included the Center for Media Justice, Media Alliance, The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and Ella Baker Center.