Advocates deliver petition for Prison Phone justice

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/13/2020, midnight
Justice reform advocates held a virtual press conference and delivered 75,000 petition signatures for prison phone justice
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Justice reform advocates held a virtual press conference and delivered 75,000 petition signatures for prison phone justice, calling on Congress to include the COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act in the next relief bill.

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in May, would bring relief for millions of families with incarcerated loved ones struggling with the high costs of phone calls during this pandemic. More than 75,000 supporters have signed online petitions in favor of the legislation.

The COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act would grant the FCC the legal authority to stop the predatory behaviors of prison phone operators. If passed, it would immediately reduce rates to 4-to-5 cents per minute––down from up to $1.67 per minute.