NHMC Lauds FCC for Approving Prison-Phone Rate Reform

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to approve limits on prison phone rates that have limited communication between inmates and their loved ones across the country.  The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) applauds the FCC for taking a major step in combating the unjust financial burden placed on incarcerated people and their families.

With uncompetitive pricing often inflating call charges up to $14 per minute, many Americans have been left without the financial resources to stayt connected with family members who have been incarcerated. In approving the order, the FCC limited ancillary service charges and placed caps on phone rates in both prisons and jails.

“The FCC did a great thing in reducing the predatory charges that have prevented so many families from staying connected with their loved ones,” said Alex Nogales, NHMC president and CEO. “So many wonderful people have worked for years toward prison phone justice, and we thank the FCC and, in particular, Commissioner Clyburn for her tireless efforts. Today, they helped give a voice to the voiceless.”