Join CIVIC, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children and Media Alliance to start the push to end profit-driven, predatory phone kickbacks in ALL CA facilities.The CA Legislature outlawed horrible phone kickbacks in state prisons, but left them intact for local counties, punishing thousands caught up in low-level encounters with the prison industrial complex, including immigrants and juveniles.
The West County Detention Facility is a county jail that contracts space with the federal government to detain immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Recently, WCDF has come into scrutiny by faith, legal and community groups because of the exorbitant cost of phone calls for detainees and their families to contact loved ones and lawyers. Global Tel*Link (GTL), the sole phone service provider for the facility, pays Contra Costa County 57% of the profits derived from high phone call rates. Where is this money going and why is the cost so high?
WHEN: Friday, May 10th, 2013, 10:30 am – 11:30 am WHAT: Press Conference to shed light on exorbitant cost of phone calls to immigrant mothers detained in immigration detention facilities, creating an inhumane barrier to contacting children, loved ones and attorneys. WHERE: West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806 WHO: Mothers, family members, faith leaders and attorneys offering testimony. Community leaders from the WCDF Immigration Detention Support Coalition, including the East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC),Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (East Bay), the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE), Unitarian Churches of Walnut Creek, Kensington and Oakland and other community groups.
Thursday April 25th 7PM-9:00PM Sequoia High School 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City
On Monday March 25th, CIVIC filed a comment with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of the Wright Petition. CIVIC urged the FCC to set benchmark rates on long distance (interstate) phone calls from all prisons, county jails, and private immigration detention facilities.
Today, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is launching the “Campaign for Phone Justice for Immigrants in Detention” in alliance with the “Campaign for Prison Phone Justice .” Please join the campaign today.
Friends of Orange County Detainees, a member of CIVIC, shares about the high cost of phone calls for immigrants in detention.
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