State and Local Laws and Executive Orders affecting Virginians
I. Executive Order 41 state level fair chance hiring for people with a record “Ban-the-box”
II. Court cost and fees Removed from Restoration of Rights process.
III. Executive Order 44 The Commission on Parole Review
National Laws and Executive Orders Affecting Virginians
I. November 15, 2012
Calling for Fair Prison Phone Rates
Phone Calls from Prison to Families at Home Can Cost up to 24 Times a Normal Call
Washington, DC – More than 40,000 petitions were delivered to the FCC today by families of prison inmates, national advocates and prison chaplains urging Chairman Genochowski to end predatory prison phone rates by passing the Wright Petition. Costing up to 24 times a normal call, prison phone rates unfairly punish inmates’ families, who are forced to cover these calls.
Yesterday the FCC took the first step to protect families from unfair prison phone rates by issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on interstate phone call rules and rates.
“I have spent over $25,000 over the last 10 years just trying to stay in touch with my son in prison,” said Lillie Branch-Kennedy. “There is no reason prison agencies and phone companies should be profiting off of families like mine, forcing us to choose between putting food on the table or keeping in touch with our loved ones. We rely on these calls to stay focused on building a new, healthy life together after our loved one’s release.”
IlI. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, led by the Human Rights Defense Center, Center for Media Justice, and Nation Inside along with a team of allies, prisoners, and, most importantly, prisoner family members— won a major victory for prison phone justice today!” Call our toll-free storyline at 877-410-4863 and tell us what you think. Send a thank you note to the FCC commissoners click here.