Thank you for your past support of ending predatory prison phone rates. Join us Thursday Oct. 22 in Washington DC to support the FCC vote and celebrate!
For more than 10 years, the UCC’s media justice ministry and many partners have been fighting to stop predatory prison phone rates. Sheriffs and prison phone companies around the country are threatening to block the vote, your visible support is needed! Thirty minute rally in downtown Washington DC.
What: Prison Phone Justice Press Conference and Rally, Eventbrite RSVP Link
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 9:30 am ET – 10:00 am ET
Where: 445 12th Street, SW, directly in front of the Federal Communications Commission
Closest metro: Smithsonian (orange/blue line) or L’Enfant Plaza (green line)
The Federal Communications Commission will make a major step forward this week to cap all predatory the costs of all predatory prison phone calls. Rev. Marvin Silver of the UCC's Central Atlantic Conference will be speaking.
One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars. A call from a jail or prison can cost up to $1 a minute, compared to 5 cents a minute for a call on the outside. Hidden fees, such as a typical $3.95 connection fee or $10 payment fee, can double the cost of a call. Families report paying around $250 a month for regular connection with their loved ones inside. The FCC plans to address these abuses with its vote on Thursday.