Yesterday, Public Knowledge, The United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc., Free Press, and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition filed with the FCC to block the purchase of the telephone company Securus by the Hedge Fund ABRY Partners. Securus provides phone services to prisons, and its business model relies on charging usurious rates to the families of prisoners.
A single ten minute call between family members can cost upward of $20. Because the families of those in prison are often poor, these rates impose great financial hardship and discourage prisoners from maintaining family connections essential to preventing recidivism. This is one of many steps taken to ensure that families are protected from high prison phone rates.
Public Knowledge, The United Church of Christ, Free Press, and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition: