The following post was originally published on uccmediajustice.org.
UCC OC Inc., Center for Media Justice and MAGNet teamed up with religious organizations, civil rights groups, labor and many others to submit a letter today supporting further reforms to end predatory prison phone rates. The letter supported the FCC’s proposal to end “kick-back” payments, known as commissions from phone companies to prisons, jails and detention centers. The letter also urged the FCC to cap local rates and to block unfair fees, to build on the FCC’s historic decision to cap long-distance rates in 2014. We also urged the FCC to take rapid action to protect people with disabilities, and to investigate unscrupulous rates for email and video visitation. Learn more about prison phone rates on our web page.
If you have a personal story about prison phone rates, share it with the FCC on this website created by the Prison Phone Justice Campaign. More information about the new FCC proceeding is available in the flyer prepared by the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net).