Incarcerated people and their loved ones deserve to stay connected. Period. While many calls are currently free due to COVID, that won’t stay true for long. Prison telecom corporations like Securus and GTL normally charge families as much as $16 for a 15-minute phone call. They are extracting wealth from Black families who simply want to speak to loved ones.
That is why we Color of Change is calling on Congress to pass the Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act. This bill would require the FCC to put a cap on how much prisons and jails can charge incarcerated people and their families for phone calls.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker and U.S. House Representative Karen Bass have introduced legislation to allow sentence review for people who have already served longer than 10 years in federal prison. If the court finds that a petitioner is not a danger to public safety, demonstrates readiness for reentry, and it is in the “interest of justice,” his or her sentence could be reduced. Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?