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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds FCC Step to Cap Predatory Prison Phone Rates for Families

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
December 28, 2012

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a rule to cap the predatory phone rates charged to the families of prisoners:

“We applaud the FCC for taking the first step toward eliminating predatory long-distance telephone rates for incarcerated people and their families.  We look forward to the Commission’s prompt consideration of the record and rapid adoption of a fair rule.  Until the FCC takes the next step to adopt a rule, families will be bearing the burden of predatory phone rates, which is particularly difficult during the holiday season. Today’s step is the result of a combined effort of families around the country, progressives, conservatives, and Washington advocates, along with the dedicated leadership within the FCC.”

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