Telephone Justice Vigil

Telephone Justice Vigil

Telephone Justice Vigil

Telephone Justice Vigil

As the sun was going down over Manhattan last evening The Telephone Justice Campaign held its special Father’s Day Vigil at the corner of 58th and 8th Avenue. The stories were touching and the message was clear: MCI/Verizon must be stopped! The unfair charges given to prison families who have limited contact with their loved ones to begin with are making it next to impossible to keep in touch. One woman explained that though to most this issue sounds like “just a telephone issue,” she believes that if more people were aware of how these astronomical charges which MCI/Verizon places on collect calls from prisons were actually affecting families, they too would join the campaign.

An elderly man spoke about how when his son calls home he must tell his wife to hurry because they cannot afford the charges even though they want to talk for the entire 30 minutes.

“With inflated per-minute charges compounded by various surcharges, families often find themselves owing hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month. Disproportionately, prisoners come from poor communities, and the burden of staying in touch falls heaviest on those with the least ability to pay. Phone companies recognize this: they reserve the right to cut off service without notice if they see extra activity on an account and decide those accepting the charges may not be able to pay.” ( http://www.telephonejustice.org/about/)

The group asks that you call your state senators and ask for their support of the Family Connections Bill S.5299C, and call MCI/VERZION to “Put an end to the unjust prison telephone contract that hurts thousands of families!”

For more information visit the campaign website at:  http://www.telephonejustice.org/home.asp