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National Consumers League statement on FCC actions to make prison phone rates affordable

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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2013
Contact: Ben Klein, NCL Communications, (202) 835-3323 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington, DC – The National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded the Federal Communications Commission for taking action to make prison telephone calling rates more affordable for millions of inmates and their families. The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League:

“Years of struggle by prisoner justice advocates were rewarded last week when the FCC passed long-overdue reforms to cap inmate calling rates. We applaud not only their efforts, but also the leadership shown on this issue by acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. By capping rates for interstate long distance calls, the Commission ensured that millions of incarcerated Americans and their loved ones will be able to stay in touch without imposing exorbitant costs on strained family budgets.”

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