Calls from prisons, jails, juvenile and immigrant detention centers cost up to twenty-four times as much as normal calls, making it nearly impossible for many prisoners and detainees to communicate with their families. These rates have risen as rates for the rest of the population have dropped, as fifteen minute phone calls can cost up to $18 or more! Corporations and governments profit from this injustice while at the same time Latino children are uniquely harmed by this price-gouging as 1 out of 28 American Latino children have an incarcerated parent. NHMC is working with a coalition to eliminate incarceration profiteering and government kickbacks to ensure that the poor have the same opportunities to communicate with family and legal counsel as the wealthy.
NHMC and allies applaud the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its move to address unfair prison phone rates .