Paul Wright · Campaign for Prison Phone Justice · 561-360-2523
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn issued a statement in a long-standing proceeding to reduce the cost of phone calls made from prisons, jails and other detention facilities.
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 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
Shareholder Resolution Seeks to Lower Prison Phone Rates at Corrections Corporation of America Facilities
Groups say continued failure to act to lower the high cost of prison phone rates will represent a failure of democracy.
FCC opens Notice of Proposed Rule Making, marking first major step forward on issue in ten years
The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LaPSC) has voted to reduce the cost of phone calls from prisoners. Following the coordinated efforts of human rights organizations in the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice to lower the cost of inter-state prison phone calls, Louisiana state officials took matters into their own hands and voted today to lower rates in their state.
Immigrant rights groups nationwide join with the Human Rights Defense Center to call on the FCC for fair prison phone rates
Groups nationwide join with the Human Rights Defense Center to call on the FCC for fair prison phone rates
Leaders urge the FCC to lower the cost of calls from prison
Today, techno-empire and mobile device candy hawker Apple Inc. (AAPL) is poised to release the iPhone5 to addicts across the globe, willing to stand vigil to get their paws on the latest hot product.
Brattleboro, VT – Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly publication that covers criminal justice-related issues, released a report this past weekend at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston that examines prison phone rates nationwide.