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Securus Phone Rates Spark Uprising at Alaska Prison by Joe Watson A riot at an Alaska prison “kind of blew up” because, according to prisoners, the phone service provided by Securus was shoddy and the company charged unreasonable rates. Sparked by a widespread disconnection of phone calls one Monday night ...
No Way to Call Home: Incarcerated Deaf People Are Locked in a Prison Inside a Prison by By Mike Ludwig, Truthout This story is the result of a nine-month investigation and part one of a multimedia series on deaf prisoners, as part of a reporting collaboration with the Making Contact radio program. ...
Massachusetts Prisoners Involved in Reform Efforts Transferred, Held in Solitary by Christopher Zoukis Three Massachusetts state prisoners have been placed in segregation in apparent retaliation for their prison reform activism. Timothy Muise, Shawn Fisher and Steven James, all incarcerated at the medium-security prison MCI Shirley, were taken from their cells ...
Publication • September 1, 2016
HRDC Letter to Fisch, American Securities, Re Global TelLink and Human Rights Watch, 2015 September 8, 2015 Michael G. Fisch President and Chief Executive Officer American Securities, LLC 299 Park Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10171 Re: Global Tel*Link and Human Rights Watch Dear Mr. Fisch: I write regarding ...
Publication • August 12, 2016
Sheriff Letter to Board of Supervisors re inmate telephone system, LASD, 2016 AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR TO AGREEMENT NO. 77655 BY AND BETWEEN COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES AND PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, INC. FOR INMATE TELEPHONE SYSTEM (ITS) AND SERVICES This Amendment Number Four (“Amendment”) to Agreement Number 77655 (“Agreement”) is entered ...
Canada: Phone Access Vital for Incarcerated Mothers by The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan hosted an event on May 11, 2016 that coincided with Mother’s Day to raise awareness about women impacted by the criminal justice system and to highlight the fact that most incarcerated women are mothers and were ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Prison Phone Policy, MN DOC, 2008 http://www.doc.state.mn.us/DocPolicy2/html/DPW_Display_TOC.asp?Opt=302.210.htm Minnesota Department of Corrections Division Directive: Issue Date: Effective Date: 302.210 9/2/08 10/7/08 AUTHORITY: Minn. Stat. §241.01, subd. 3a. PURPOSE: Title: Offender Telephone Use To provide for offender access to telephones. APPLICABILITY: All facilities DIRECTIVE: Each facility will provide offenders with the privilege ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Lyon Jr et al v. ICE et al, CA, Settlement, class action telephone access, 2016 1 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 AUDLEY BARRINGTON LYON, JR., JOSÉ ) Case No. 3:13-cv-05878-EMC ELIZANDRO ...
Second Circuit Allows Muslim Prisoners’ Bivens Claims to Proceed by Derek Gilna Although Muslim prisoners held at the harsh U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have received more publicity, conditions of confinement for prisoners of Middle-Eastern descent in domestic prisons have also been abusive. So abusive, in fact, that ...
Article • March 31, 2016
Iowa Court Effectively Bars Lifer From Spending Any Money While In Prison by Christopher Zoukis Tracey Richter, serving a life sentence at the Mitchellville women's prison in Iowa, learned in April 2014 that she faces a new punishment as to her 2001 murder conviction: a garnishment order from the state ...
Article • October 27, 2015
Filed under: Telephone Access
$54,000 Attorney Fee and Cost Award in Successful First Amendment Litigation by $54,000 Attorney Fee and Cost Award in Successful First Amendment Litigation A Michigan federal district court granted $53,562.57 in attorney fees and costs to the plaintiff in a civil rights action alleging violations of his First Amendment rights ...
Article • October 14, 2015
Prisoner Phone Service Providers Cannot Block Call Routing Service Calls by Prisoner Phone Service Providers Cannot Block Call Routing Service Calls The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered an order that concluded inmate calling services (ICS) providers are not authorized to block prisoners’ calls to persons who subscribe to call routing ...
Article • September 16, 2015
Another Kind of Isolation - The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.” by Christie Thompson Another Kind of Isolation The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.” By Christie Thompson In 2006 and 2008, the Bureau of Prisons quietly ...
Article • March 5, 2015 • from PLN March, 2015
Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails by Bernadette Rabuy Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails by Bernadette Rabuy and Peter Wagner Every Thursday, Lisa* logs on to her computer and spends $10 to chat for half ...
Article • February 4, 2015 • from PLN February, 2015
Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees by Leticia Miranda Dialing with Dollars: How County Jails Profit From Immigrant Detainees County jails charge excessive rates for phone usage – a huge barrier for immigrant detainees fighting deportation. by Leticia Miranda Arali was at home with her three-year-old ...
Publication • October 1, 2014
Video Visitation: How Private Companies Push for Visits by Video, Grassroots Leadership, 2014 Video Visitation: how private companies push for visits by video and families pay the price October 2014 Introduction “There are already too many industries taking advantage of inmates and their families, everything from overpriced commissary goods to ...
Publication • 2014
FCC Consumer Guide to Inmate Telephone Services and Revised Rules 2014 Consumer Guide Inmate Telephone Service Background FCC rules that significantly reformed interstate Inmate Calling Service (ICS) rates and practices recently went into effect in an effort to stem undue high costs to inmates’ families. In most cases, inmates’ telephone ...
Brief • April 16, 2014
Lyon v. ICE, CA, Order Granting Class Cert., ICE Phone Restrictions, 2014 Case3:13-cv-05878-EMC Document31 Filed04/16/14 Page1 of 21 1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 9 AUDLEY BARRINGTON LYON, JR., et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, ...
Lowering Recidivism through Family Communication by Alex Friedmann There are currently 2.2 million people held in prisons and jails in the United States,1 and an estimated 95% of prisoners currently in custody will one day be released. Based on 2012 data, around 637,400 people are released annually from state and ...
FCC Order Heralds Hope for Reform of Prison Phone Industry by John Dannenberg by John E. Dannenberg and Alex Friedmann "After a long time – too long – the Commission takes action to finally address the high cost that prison inmates and their families must pay for phone service. This ...
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