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How have prison phone costs impacted you? September 13, 2010

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On Wednesday, September 15th Thousand Kites will be part of a MAG-Net delegation meeting with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Genachowski and Commissioner Clyburn. Earlier in the week we will meet with Congressman Rick Boucher, who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

We want to use these meeting to share your stories about prison phone calls. Help us launch a National Mobile Justice campaign. Through your stories, we will share the cost, pain, and impact big telecommunications has on the families and friends of those inside our nation’s prisons. We will edit the calls and hand them to the FCC, as well as posting them on our website and broadcasting them over the radio.

Please take a minute to call in your story. Call toll-free at (877) 410-4863

Learn more about Thousand Kites and check out our new campaign platform at www.kitescampaigns.org



1. Ray Crump - September 14, 2010

I have an adult daughter who has been arrested several times over the past 15 years. She is schizophrenic and has lapsed into street drugs and other activities. As a result it has been my unpleasant experience to see the injustice imposed on the families and friends of inmates. We are currently paying $8.00 per minute to speak with our daughter. The price gouging reflects a callousness of our sytem towards the family and friends of inmates. There is no reasonable excuse for punishing family and friends this way. They have not committed a crime. In fact they are already suffering from a loved ones incarceration without the additional injustice added by, ironically, the justice system.

Ray Crump 541-206-9488

2. admin - September 14, 2010

Hi Ray,

Thank you for sharing with us your unfortunate experience. Did you get a chance to call the toll-free number and tell them your story too?

3. Linda - September 15, 2010

I wanted to pass on a way to save on calls, as suggested to our incarcerated son by fellow inmates. After spending several hundreds of dollars (actually, it was in the thousands) to speak with him a few times a week, from where we live in California, and paying $30+ per call, we purchased an I-phone with an Oregon local number. While we still pay $60 per month for it, calls to us are local for our son, amounting to only $1.75 per call. It has saved us considerably in the long run. We take the phone with us wherever we go so as to never miss his call.

4. Maridell Moore - September 21, 2010

The cost of a collect call, through the phone company that deals with the prison our son is in, is $3.95 for 30 min. and we try to keep the calls limited to once a week. This is a minor inconvenience compared to the injustice that he is doing time for something he didn’t do.