Is Calling Ethiopia Cheaper Than Calling A Loved One In Prison? If So, Why?

While not all prisons in America are yet privatized many of the services such as food service, medical care and phone service are. Todays host Allie Bush will talk with Mel Motel, a writer for the Prison Legal News about the “Campaign for Prison Phone Justice” who are challenging prison phone kickbacks and the U.S. Prison Telephone Industry.

It is true that it can cost more to call a loved one in prison or for them to call home that it is to any number of countries overseas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has the ability to regulate these rates and has not taken action. The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice has been putting pressure on the FCC and needs concerned citizens to act. You can find out more about their campaign and how to get involved at their website

Prison Legal News is a black-and-white monthly American magazine and on-line periodical published since May 1990. Prison Legal News (PLN) primarily reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation, mainly in the United States, and is a project of the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
PLN covers all aspects of the criminal justice system, including court access, prison conditions, privatization, disciplinary hearings, excessive force, mail censorship, jails, wrongful convictions, crime labs, visitation, prison phone services, religious freedom, free speech, prison rape, abuse of women prisoners, retaliation, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), medical treatment, HIV and hepatitis C, prison slave labor, disenfranchisement, the death penalty and control units/supermax facilities. However, “the mainstay of PLN’s coverage from the beginning has been the issue of conditions of confinement.” and you can contact Mel Motel at Prison Legal News by email: [email protected] or phone: 802-257-1342

Calendar of Events:

Kansas City VA Medical Center’s 2K “walk and roll” event kicks off, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12 pm on the medical center campus 4801 Linwood Blvd,KCMO. The event will run through 2:30 pm and is filled with music, food, and games. This year our theme will be “Home Run for Homeless Vets”, Individual participants and teams are asked to dress in keeping with the theme. Team members are also asked but not required to consider a $3.00 donation that will allow homeless veterans who have been placed in permanent housing to purchase necessary household items.
Pre-registration is not required. Plan to arrive at the north parking lot no later than 30 minutes prior to the event. There is a required waiver and release of liability/publicity for each person when you check in. For additional information and more event details, please contact the local VA2K coordinator, Sharon Shade at 816-861-4700 extension 52321.

The Kansas City, Missouri Human Relations Department, Civil Rights Division will host its 5th Annual Civil Rights Summit on Friday, April 26, 2013, 9am-2:30pm at the Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St. , KCMO. This year’s theme is “The Quest for Civil Rights, Have We Achieved the Dream?”. The summit is a full day event with information regarding the quest for civil rights and is free and open to the public. To register or for more information contact Greta Wills at 816-513-1836.

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