A group of state Attorneys General can't get their hands out of prisoner family pockets.
After voting against comprehensive reform of the prison telephone industry, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is turning his focus to contraband cellphones in correctional facilities.
New FCC Rate Caps went into effect for calls from state and federal prison systems on March 17th. Most ancillary fees from all detention facilities were also banned, and those that remain were capped. Detailed information regarding current rates and fees, as well as information on how to file a complaint with the FCC if you are being overcharged can be accessed at: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/inmate-telephone-service
Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a partial stay requested by the telecommunications companies effectively delaying last year’s Order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the prison phone industry.
Justice Delayed: Campaign for Prison Phone Justice Responds to Court’s Stay
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a partial stay this morning preventing the full force of the FCC's inmate calling caps from going into effect.
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed a Comment with the FCC notifying them of the Virginia DOC's prison phone rate of $0.0409 for all calls effective December 1, 2015.
The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, led by the Human Rights Defense Center, Center for Media Justice, and Nation Inside along with a team of allies, prisoners, and, most importantly, prisoner family members--- won a major victory for prison phone justice today!
It's time for those charged to "protect and serve" to step up.
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has been leading the phone justice fight for years, and we need to show her support!
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn championed prison phone justice and won a historic vote at the Federal Communications Commission.
What would you pay to hear the voice of an imprisoned loved one? Almost anything, right? The telecoms know it.
The Federal Communications Commission is planning on taking action on prison phone calls within states. Join the campaign for prison phone justice: www.phonejustice.org
Chicagoan Greg Gaither, who worked for years in Illinois youth detention facilities, explains why phone calls are so "pivotal" to communication with families. He argues strongly that corrections departments and phone companies should not profit at the expense of the families of the incarcerated.