Ex Parte Comment for WC Docket No. 12-375 (Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
The Alabama Public Service Commission released an Order (2014 Order) revising its proposal for new inmate calling service rules. Comments are due August 11, 2014. The changes from the PSC’s October 2013 Order are very comprehensive. They include: (1) a phase-in postalized per-minute rate with different rates and timelines for jails and prisons; (2) allowing text-connect and “Pay Now” services but with rate caps; (3) new account statement requirements that distinguish between prepaid (and direct billed) accounts and debit accounts; (4) revised record retention and annual reporting requirements; and (5) revised website requirements. The 2014 Order maintains the prior treatment of ancillary services. The 2014 Order is intended to be implemented October 1, 2014.
In light of National coverage by the New York Times and Aljazeera America, HRDC urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that more reforms are needed in the inmate telecom industry.
The largest U.S. operator of prison phones, Global Tel*Link Corp. is up for sale.
The Human Rights Defense Center Supports California Assembly Member Bill Quirk's Bill to Prohibit California County Jails from Taking Telephone Commissions
GEO Group Objects to Shareholder Resolution to Increase Communication Between Prisoners and their Families, Lower Recidivism Rates
For over ten years a coalition of organizations and individuals has been asking the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) to lower the cost of calling prison, jail or detention centers. Our network, the Media Action Grassroots Network was at the forefront of the fight through our work in the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice. Together along with our allies last August we finally won! The FCC set new lower rates which take effect February 2014.
Urgent action need to support Virginia prison phone bill.
Shareholder Resolution Seeks to Lower Prison Phone Rates at Corrections Corporation of America Facilities
The FCC’s order was in response to the Wright Petition – a petition for rulemaking filed by Washington, D.C. resident Martha Wright, who challenged the high phone rates she had to pay to accept calls from her incarcerated grandson.
On July 9, 2014, Paul Wright and Alex Friedmann from the Human Rights Defense Center/Prison Legal News
Families with members in the prison system are already struggling. Having the phone company join into a partnership with prisons to take advantage of them is wrong.
It's a cliffhanger.
After attending the "Call Me (Come Back Home): Fighting the Cost of Prison Calls, Part 1 & Part 2" poet Rebecca Preston began processing this poem-in-progress at the National Conference for Media Reform. Watch this beautiful mind go!