June 28, 2014 Submitted Online Only
The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554
Re: Comment for WC Docket No. 12-375
(Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
Dear Chairman Wheeler:
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) submits this comment for WC Docket No. 12-375 for the purpose of placing into the record the following recent news articles concerning prison phone-related issues:
These news reports reflect a continued interest in this issue by the media and the public, and describe ongoing problems which indicate that while the FCC’s Aug. 9, 2013 Order reforming certain prison phone-related practices was a good start, more reforms are needed.
We are further submitting an article published in the April 2014 issue of Prison Legal News, HRDC’s monthly publication, titled “Lowering Recidivism through Family Communication,” which addresses the impact of family communication during incarceration – including through phone calls – on recidivism rates of released prisoners.
Thank you for your time and attention in this regard.
Executive Director, HRDC