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.
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)
Today at the FCC.
After more than 10 years of delayed justice, the Federal Communications Commission will finally take a vote to reduce prison phone rates.
On August 2nd, 2013 the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee passed a resolution recommending the FCC ensure prison calls are reasonable and address the unique impact of phone rates to disable prisoners.
Article in the Tennessean.com
Unofficial announcement on proposed reform of Interstate Inmate Calling Regime.
The Hill article detailing the FCC's plans to lower prison phone rates at an upcoming meeting in August.
Editorial on Prison Phones in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At the 104th National Conference last week, the NAACP passes resolution in support of FCC reform to prison phone rates.
Held July 10th, this video cover the Federal Communications Commission workshop on prison phone rates.
Some commissioners have vowed to ensure that the families that have been fighting for over a decade for prison phone justice have resolution this year. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told families today the following: "When a decision comes before me, I want to be able to vote it first, I want to be able to vote it fast."
Steven Renderos from the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice providing live updates from the FCC's workshop on Prison Phones
On July 10th Answer the Call for #PhoneJustice and join us in D.C. and online.
Between July 2012 and June 2013, prisoners submitted or signed on to 1,754 letters or comments filed with the FCC regarding the Wright Petition!
The Wright Petition conversation continues on the FCC's public docket
VA's DOC Director asked the FCC to lower phone call costs and Virginians responded.
Join the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, Free Press and Strong Families as we deliver a Mother's Day message to the FCC.
“I understand the need for security, but there is no need for high (phone) rates to maintain that security.” – Charlie, prisoner in Iowa.
Listen to the audio from the Prison Phones workshop at the National Conference on Media Reform.
In a few short weeks, thousands of individuals and organizations filed comments with the FCC concerning the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Wright Petition.
Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and a broad range of voices across the political spectrum submitted comments to the FCC in support of prison phone rate reductions.
With one week until the March 25 deadline, 200 prisoners and 100 others have submitted comments to the FCC regarding the "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" on the Wright Petition.
On March 12, support prisoners and families by attending a hearing for phone justice in Maryland. Testify to lend your voice to the cause.
A mother submits a powerful comment to the FCC, and so can you!
On Friday February 1st, 60 people attended a public hearing on prison telephone rates in New York City co-hosted by Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice.
A reminder that tomorrow, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice are co-hosting a public hearing, on Feb. 1st, in New York City on the high cost of prison telephone calls.
The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice is honored to receive this award alongside Mrs. Martha Wright and Ava DuVernay
A phone justice victory in Cook County, IL is a victory for all
“Sheriffs and prison officials are taking the phone money “out of the hides of the poorest of the poor” - Chairman Foster Campbell
The Louisiana Public Service Commission is voting tomorrow, December 12, on a proposal for more affordable rates. It is our understanding that it will come down to Commissioner Lambert C. Boissiere's vote. We need you to speak up for the children of Louisiana and we need you to call.
I just spoke with Kalia's* mother this morning. Here is the story. Her Mom cannot afford the high-cost and additional fees of phone calls to allow her daughter to speak with her incarcerated father
By Justin Moyer, WASHINGTON POST
New York Times editorial urges the FCC to pass the Wright Petition and charge reasonable rates for prison phone calls.
Recently the Strong Families Safe Communities rally hosted by the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, the Federal Communications Commission announced they would be moving forward on a further notice of proposed rulemaking on the exorbitant costs of prison phone calls, also known as the Wright Petition.
Louisiana's public service commissioners are fighting to make families stronger by reducing prices on collect calls from parish jail and state prison inmates.
Check out these photos from the Rally at the FCC.
On November 15th, around 75 people gathered from across state lines and political beliefs to rally for "Strong Families, Safe Communities."
Washington DC- Today, at a rally for fair prison phone rates, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that Chairman Genachowski has begun circulating a further notice of proposed rulemaking for a vote. This marked the first step forward in a ten- year effort to make the price of inter-state calls from prison affordable.
The first prisoners sent to fill our supermax prisons came directly from Washington, DC.
The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice is telling an “untold story”. The story of families who deserve better than to have to pay companies like Global Tel Link $14 for a 15 minute phone call.
Join the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, civil rights leaders, prisoner families and elected officials as we come together for fair phone rates for prisoners and their families.
On October 3, 2012, Global Tel Link (GTL) filed an ex parte presentation with the FCC. On October 8, 2012, the Human Rights Defense Center spoke back.
“Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the mind of pretenders. While chasing the clouds away.” -Earth Wind & Fire
FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Issues Recommendation Regarding Affordable Phone Access for Incarcerated Individuals and Families
This morning, as we headed into a meeting with the FCC, the New York Times ran an editorial titled “Costly Phone Calls for Inmates” supporting the campaign’s position.
During the month of August, phone justice delegations in West Virginia, New York and California met with staff from the offices of Sen. Rockefeller, Rep. Clarke and Rep. Lee to secure letters addressed to FCC Chairman Genachowski.