Congress and NPR tackle phone justice and video visitation this week
by Peter Wagner, December 8, 2016
It’s been a big week for the movement for telephone justice:
- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced a Concurrent Resolution to address exorbitant prison phone rates between the imprisoned and their loved ones. (press release)
- Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Senator-elect Duckworth, D-Ill.) introduced legislation to rein in the abusive video visitation industry. (press release )
- In Video Calls Replace In-Person Visits In Some Jails, Natasha Haverty covers the rise of the video visitation industry and the harm that comes from the industry’ ban on in-person visitation for NPR’s All Things Considered.