by Alison Walsh, May 2, 2016
Tomorrow is Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving event for nonprofits located in western Massachusetts. And this Valley Gives Day, a generous supporter will match the first $1,000 given to the Prison Policy Initiative.
So far this year, we have had historic successes in our major campaigns:
- A federal judge declared prison gerrymandering unconstitutional in a case concerning Jefferson County, Florida.
- The cost of calling home from prison is going down. Although the courts put portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations on hold, caps on ancillary fees — which can easily double the price of a call — are now in effect in prisons. (These caps go into effect for jails next month.)
- Jails in Travis County, Texas, brought back in-person visitation for the first time since 2013, when they replaced regular visits with video visitation technology.
- The governor of Massachusetts signed a bill into law to end driver’s license suspensions for most drug offenses unrelated to driving.
Help us keep the pressure on the Census Bureau to change where it counts incarcerated people, on the FCC to protect families from the exploitative jail and prison phone and video visitation industries, and on the remaining jurisdictions that still suspend driver’s licenses for drug offenses that have nothing to do with driving.
Please donate before May 4th and double your impact. As always, we thank you for your support.