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PPI weighs in on New York Times Room for Debate on video visitation

"[I]f left unregulated, the video communication market could follow the trajectory of the infamously broken prison telephone industry."

by Leah Sakala, February 28, 2014

Peter Wagner in Room for Debate

Prison Policy Initiative Executive Director Peter Wagner weighed in this week on a New York Times Room For Debate discussion about video visitation in prisons and jails. As Peter explained,

With proper regulation and oversight, prison and jail video communication has the potential to offer additional avenues for critical family communication. But if left unregulated, this market could follow the trajectory of the infamously broken prison telephone industry, dominated by the same corporations.

For more of our work on the prison and jail video visitation industry, check out our FCC filing on the subject and the New York Times editorial that it inspired.

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