State-Based Telephone Campaigns
Fair Rates for ME worked very hard to pass LD 91 which would have required the Public Utilities Commission to oversee and regulate the Department of Corrections telephone system and produce annual reports with recommendations for improvement. Though that effort was not successful, the group continues to work for better prison phone systems in the state.
Fair Rates for ME
PO Box 273
Edgecomb, ME 04556
The Center for Constitutional Rights, in partnership with Prison Families Community Forum and Prison Families of New York, Inc. has launched the New York Campaign for Telephone Justice. This initiative whose objectives are to achieve equitable rates for phone calls to families with a loved one in prison, consumer choice within the prison telephone system, and fair service without unilateral preemptive cut-offs. Public outrage is the most powerful tool to end the unjustly punitive and discriminatory treatment of prisoners’ families. Marshaling the voices of the wives, mothers, and children who are directly affected, the New York Campaign for Telephone Justice brings this injustice to the attention of the broader public through a range of media, events, legislative advocacy and direct action. These efforts have resulted in the swift passage over the last two years of the Family Connections Bill in the New York State Assembly (A7231), and a companion bill in the Senate (S5299) which has yet to pass. With adequate public pressure, we can achieve the legislative reform urgently needed to terminate Verizon/MCI’s current contract and ensure proper oversight of future telephone service contracts in the prison system.
New York Campaign for Telephone Justice