Don't Price-gouge Kids Calling Their Incarcerated Parents!
This summer many families will hop in the car for a trip to the beach or to a nearby park. For families with an incarcerated loved one, staying in touch could mean choosing between food, clothing, and critical realtionships.
This is because prison phone rates are out of control, with local 15-minute phone calls costing up to $25 in some states. For the 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent, this often means losing essential relationships.
In Matthew 25:36-40, Jesus reminds us to treat those in prison as we would Jesus, "As you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters, so you did it to me."
A new bipartisan bill in Congress would reestablish federal authority to provide the same consumer protection to communicationin prisons, jails, and detention centers as there is outside those facilities and will bring down the cost of these calls.
Tell your senators to support the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2019.
John Oliver addressed this topic on his program in early August. Read our series of Tweets on the segment of his program. Watch John Oliver's presentation.