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Phone Justice for Immigrant Detainees – Sign on Letter to @FCC before 11/6

October 31, 2012

via Holly S. Cooper, University of California, Davis and Prison Phone Justice

As you may know, the cost of calls from immigration detention centers is extremely high. Since 2003 the FCC has been sitting on the Martha Wright petition which calls on the Federal Communications Commission to cap the rate of interstate calls.

In 2010 the Human Rights Defense Center (which publishes Prison Legal News), Center for Media Justice and Working Narratives formed the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice seeking an end to the monopoly phone system and kickbacks paid to prisons and jails which will result in affordable phone rates. They have focused extensive time and resources on getting the FCC to act on the Wright petition. In several meetings with FCC commissioners and staff they indicate they “need” a showing of bi partisan and general support for them to act on the Wright petition. Thus, the prisoners’ rights advocates have invited us to support their endeavor.

Attached is a letter I will be submitting to the FCC on November 7, 2012 on behalf of immigrant justice organizations asking them to act on the Wright petition.

If this is something your organization supports please sign on to the letter by sending us your permission and the name of your organization. We also invite academics to sign on in their individual capacities.  Alex Friedmann is the Prison Legal News Associate Editor and he will be tracking the sign-ons and when the letter is submitted will send you a copy for your files. His email is:

To learn more about the campaign and also to take individual action, please go to: Also, please disseminate to other groups who may be interested in signing this letter. Thank you!

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