Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

The "Campaign for Prison Phone Justice" is challenging prison phone kickbacks and the U.S. Prison Telephone Industry.

Wouldn’t You Want to Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day

May 10, 2012 | by admin

Mother’s Day is a time to cherish the special connections in our families.

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Originally posted on “Unfinished Business” a blog of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund.

Yet for the over 2 million people in our prison system, those connections are only maintained through a phone.

Making calls from prison are expensive and up to 60 percent of what prisoner’s families pay to speak to their loved ones behind bars have nothing to do with the cost of the phone service provided. The high rates of prison phone calls are the result of contracts between prisons and telephone companies that are awarded based on which company can provide the highest kickback to the prison and not who can provide the cheapest rates.

Tomorrow, Friday May 11th, the Prison Phone Justice Campaign is hosting a Mother’s Day of Action asking the Federal Communications Commission to use their power to address the high cost of prison phone calls. The campaign is collecting 1,000 stories from people speaking up for the rights of prisoners and families to stay connected.

Share your story. Fill out this online postcard and we’ll submit your story to the Federal Communications Commission.  (If you would rather record your story call 877-518-0606)
After you’ve shared your story, help us reach the goal of 1,000 stories by sharing the postcard through social media.  #phonejustice

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