Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

The "Campaign for Prison Phone Justice" is challenging prison phone kickbacks and the U.S. Prison Telephone Industry.
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Help My Boys
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Joyce is disabled and on a very tight budget and cannot afford to take calls from her two incarcerated sons. She is worried about them being "alone" and asks if there is a way to make the calls affordable for "normal people."
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Truth to Power
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Commissioner Mignon Clyburn championed prison phone justice and won a historic vote at the Federal Communications Commission.
Prison Phone Justice: Briefing
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What would you pay to hear the voice of an imprisoned loved one? Almost anything, right? The telecoms know it. Sign the petition that we will deliver to the Federal Communications C...
Prison Phone Justice: Answer the Call
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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...
Phone Call Is Pivotal-Interview with Greg Gaither
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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....
Fee for That
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FCC Workshop on Further Reform of Inmate Calling Services
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On July 9, 2014, Paul Wright and Alex Friedmann from the Human Rights Defense Center/Prison Legal News provided testimony to the FCC regarding the lowering of intrastate (in -state) prison phone rates.  Please click the attached video to view the entire broadcast. ...
No Reason to Take Advantage of Families
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Families with members in the prison system are already struggling. ...
Goliath is telecom, Will David Be Ms. Wright?
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It's a cliffhanger. For a decades now, prisoner families have dug deep into their pocketbooks, sometimes putting themselves deep in debt to talk to their loved ones languishing in prisons. Keeping the kids in touch with Mom or Dad was worth the sacrifice. That's in large part because it...
My family can’t afford the calls
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A mother in Virginia lays out the case for affordable prison phone call...
A Prison Justice Poem in Process by Rebecca Preston
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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!...
Share Your Prison Phone Story
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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 ...
Ten Years Later - Still remembers cost
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A woman calls in to talk about the rates she paid ten years ago and her concern for families, and specifically children, being cut off from their loved ones....
Lobbying the FCC for Change: Equal Communication Access for Deaf Prisoners!
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HEARD interns Rita Torres & Alexandre Dubsky explain how the Community can support equal communication access for all deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired prisoners and their family members. On December 28, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Propos...
Rainbow Push FCC Hearing
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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. Take action: ...
It’s No Good For Their Rehabilitation
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My boyfriend has been incarcerated for about 20 years now. We've known each other for 13 of those years. I am very familiar with the collect calls and how expensive they can be. I was spending 200-300 a month before. Now they do the prepaid calling and it's really no better. I have heard and s...
Many times the calls get cut off
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Melissa shares her experience with the impact of prison phone calls on her life during her husband's seven years of incarceration....
It really hurt our family
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A sister describes her experience taking care of her incarcerated brother's teenage son, and her own young child, while only 24 years old. Years later the experience of being separated and divided by the high-cost of prison phone calls still impacts their family. ...
MY PLEA TO THE FCC:
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STOP THE OBVIOUS BUREAUCRATIC LOOP HOLE EACH STATE HAS DEMONSTRATED THEY WILL EXPLOIT AND TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF!!!! How could you as a national regulator NOT intervene when each and every single state has taken advantage of, exploited, and monopolized on the obvious loophole and conflict ...
Your Stories Are Needed
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Now is the time to share your stories and experiences with the Federal Communications Commission. We have made it easy!...
FCC Visit
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Video from Mrs. Martha Wright's visit to the FCC....
Hard to Stay in Touch
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A wife tells her story about the struggle to stay in touch with her husband. ...
We are not asking you to free them
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A Louisiana mother of an inmate calls in to share her story. She spends 25.00 for three calls from him a week. She hopes that someone in LA hears her story and understands the impact the cost has on families.  Families want to make sure that their loved ones are ok. ...
New York Times Takes A Stand on Prison Phone Justice
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New York Times editorial urges the FCC to pass the Wright Petition and charge reasonable rates for prison phone calls.
In A State of Reform
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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.
Global Tel* Link California
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A mother in California shares her experience with the cost of calls using Global Tel*Link. ...
Commissioners fight for stronger families in Louisiana
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Louisiana's public service commissioners are fighting to make families stronger by reducing prices on collect calls from parish jail and state prison inmates.
Prison Phone Call Impact Statements
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Calls from folks around the country sharing their stories about the impact the high cost of prison phone calls have on their families. ...
Rally in Photos
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Check out these photos from the Rally at the FCC.
“Strong Families, Safe Communities” Sends Clear Message for Phone Justice
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On November 15th, around 75 people gathered from across state lines and political beliefs to rally for "Strong Families, Safe Communities."
FCC Rally
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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 came from D.C.
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The first prisoners sent to fill our supermax prisons came directly from Washington, DC.
October Campaign Update- Prison Phone Justice
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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.
My Mom Is… A True Story by Jason Mewes
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Actor, Jason Mewes reenacts the true story of his school project, "My Mom Is..." How hard is it for one kid to talk to his Mom when she's in jail? Watch to his story and participate in the campaign. ...
Strong Families, Safe Communities Rally and News Conference
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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.
FCC Docket: Human Rights Defense Center Responds to Global Tel*Link's Presentation
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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.
The Right to Call Casa: Pablo Tapia
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Pablo Tapia, Assembly of Civil Rights in Minneapolis Minnesota, talks about what the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice means for him and his family. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice is challenging prison phone kickbacks and the U.S. Prison Telephone Industry. Currently, up to 60% of t...
Middle of Nowhere: Make It Wright To Call Home—Petition the FCC
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Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere chronicles a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband and her journey to maintain her marriage and her identity. The Wright to Call Home campaign centers on urging the FCC to pass the Wright petition and make prison phone calls affordable for all families. It...
Luisa’s Story: Predatory Phone Rates | Middle of Nowhere | Participant Media
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Luisa's 14-year-old son was sentenced as an adult and sent to prison. Since then she has sent countless letters to him but can rarely hear his voice due to the predatory phone rates charged in the United States prison system. ...
Update on the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice
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“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 Steps It Up for Phone Justice
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FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Issues Recommendation Regarding Affordable Phone Access for Incarcerated Individuals and Families
New York Times Editorial Supports Campaign
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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.
Just A Kid
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When I was 16 my dad was in prison. Without our calls, I wouldn't have known he missed us. I was sixteen when my father went to prison on a felony charge. I had known that he was a cocaine addict from the age of about 7 or 8, but I never imagined it would lead to incarceration. The range o...
Campaign Update: Familes and Advocates Take Action
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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.
Twitter Action Recap
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Check out the response from FCC Chairman Genachowski to our Twitter action.
The Time to Act is Now!
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On September 4, Center for Media Justice along with a group of organizations representing the civil rights, criminal reform, legal and public interest sectors met with the Chairman of the FCC.
Chairman Genachowski, Pass the Wright Petition
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Earlier this summer, we sat with Mrs. Martha Wright, of the Wright Petition, in her Northeast D.C. home and spoke with her about her decade-long struggle to win justice for prisoner families abused by telecommunication companies. Shocked by the exorbitant bills she was getting for accepting collect ...
The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice Visits Rep. Yvette Clark of NY
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A delegation of organizations from the New York area met with Rep. Yvette Clarke (Brooklyn) to discuss the high cost of receiving a phone call from a prison, jail or detention center.
The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice Visits Sen. Jay Rockefeller of WV
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A delegation of organizations from Charleston met with Senator Jay Rockefeller’s staff to discuss the high cost of receiving a phone call from a prison, jail or detention center.
Groups Urge Congresswoman Lee to Push Back Against Kickbacks
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A delegation of organizations from the California Bay Area met with the Deputy District Director of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to discuss the high cost of receiving a phone call from a prison, jail or detention center.
Prisoners Ask FCC for Relief
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Recently, the FCC has received hundreds of letters from prisoners across the country asking Chairman Genachowski for action on the Wright petition, which calls on the agency to provide a solution for exorbitant prison phone rates.
Captive Customers Ask FCC for Relief
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The FCC has received hundreds of letters from prisoners across the country asking Chairman Genachowski for action on the Wright petition.
Host a Listening Circle
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A listening circle can provide another way for communities to generate a meaningful community dialogue about criminal justice issues and can be used to emerge the cost of prison phone calls in your community.
Report-Back: Mother’s and Father’s Day Actions
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The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice hosted two actions around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to expose the real victims of predatory phone call rates.
Public Hearing in MA on Prison Phone Rates
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An important public hearing on exorbitant prison phone call rates is coming up in Massachusetts on July 19, 2012.
Join a National Day of Action
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Update: On Wednesday, June 20th we flooded the FCC with phone calls demanding the passage of the Wright Petition. We still need your support.
He Could Use My Love and Support
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A caller describes the cost of the calls and her desire to help her family friends, but she cannot afford the cost of the calls. Twenty dollars does not last two phone calls. Why does it cost so much? ...
Amazing Prison Phone Justice Graphics
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Colorlines ran a great article "The Criminal Cost of Talking to a Loved One Behind Bars," which included powerful and useful graphics for the campaign.
Left and Right Come Together for Phone Justice
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Groups from across the political spectrum join together in a letter to the FCC urging the Commission to cap interstate prison phone rates.
Why I Support the Prison Phone Justice Campaign
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by Kristi Black Solwazi, Deputy Director, Center for Media Justice
Wouldn’t You Want to Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day
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Mother’s Day is a time to cherish the special connections in our families.
Mother’s Day of Action: Postcards to the FCC
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Mother’s Day is a time to cherish the special connections in our families. Yet for the over 2 million people in our prison system, those connections are only maintained through a phone.
Prison Phone Justice Toolkit Now Available!
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The Center for Media Justice is excited to bring you: “Criminal Charges: Fighting For Your Right to Call Home” a toolkit designed for prisoners, families, activists and organizers to address the high cost of prison phone calls.
The Price of Communicating From Behind Bars By Clarissa Ramon
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Staying connected with loved ones behind bars is an expense that many families struggle with today. Aside from exorbitant phone rates charged by private companies who provide phone services to prisons, families are also charged excessive amounts for money transfers and Email.
OC Inc. Spreads Word about Prison Phone Rates
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Issues surrounding phone service to prisoners and other detainees were highlighted at a June 24 workshop at the 2011 Allied Media Conference in Detroit.
Michigan Families Phone Protest
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Supporters of Michigan prisoners and families are organizing a protest in Lansing over the new phone rates.
Goldman Sachs, Your Daughter, and Prison Kickbacks
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Imagine if this was how your daughter had to talk with you.
Prison Phone Contracts and Kickbacks
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An exhaustive analysis of prison phone contracts nationwide has revealed that telephone service providers offer lucrative kickbacks.
Keeping in Touch
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A caller from the United States Social Forum talks about the importance of keeping in touch with those in prison. ...