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Protecting family visits from the predatory video visitation industry

For-profit video visitation has been quietly sweeping the nation's state prisons and county jails. But instead of using the technology to keep families connected, county jails and private companies are creating and profiting off of misery. All too often, county jails and private companies work together to supplant traditional human contact with video chats, which are sold at a price tag of up to $1.50/minute. For our January 2015 report and more on communities that have fought back, visit the issue page.


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  • July 7, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to Windsor DL about Ending Prison Gerrymandering in Connecticut at Windsor’s Union Street Tavern at 7:30pm. More info.
  • July 19-21, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Baltimore Maryland for a conference July 19-21. Contact us if you’d like to meet up or arrange another event while Peter is in town.
  • September 13, 2015:
    Peter Wagner will be speaking on a panel at New Haven Artspace’s conference on race, criminal justice, and artistic expression. The conference is Sept 12-13, and Peter’s panel will be on Sept 13.

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Events

  • July 7, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to Windsor DL about Ending Prison Gerrymandering in Connecticut at Windsor’s Union Street Tavern at 7:30pm. More info.
  • July 19-21, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in Baltimore Maryland for a conference July 19-21. Contact us if you’d like to meet up or arrange another event while Peter is in town.
  • September 13, 2015:
    Peter Wagner will be speaking on a panel at New Haven Artspace’s conference on race, criminal justice, and artistic expression. The conference is Sept 12-13, and Peter’s panel will be on Sept 13.

Not near you?
Invite us to your city, college or organization.