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 Thursday November 21, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission denied a petition by two of the biggest prison telephone operators, Securus and Global Tel Link, and their request for a stay on the implementation of the FCC’s order on lower long distance phone rates from correctional facilities across the country.
Watch the Federal Communications Commission take the historic vote. (starts at 40:00)
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!
Whatever your story is we need you to share it? Do you think the cost of prison phone calls makes your community safer? Have you been directly impacted by high-costs? We need to know. Call now at 877-410-4863. (press-3).