Campaign for Prison Phone Justice

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Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Please join us this week on Prison Pipeline as we speak with Paul Wright about the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice. Wright is Director of the Human Rights Defense Center which educates the public on issues of concern to the prison industrial complex and abuse of rights of people incarcerated. Families and loved ones of incarcerated persons often face extreme rates of pay for phone calls to and for their loved ones who are incarcerated, facing rates as high as $14.99 for a phone call.  These families are forced to pay what Wright calls a "love tax" simply to enable their loved ones to communicate.  The telecommunication infrastructure within America's prisons is basically controlled by two corporations who basically engage in monopolistic practices and price gouging for telecommunication which results in financial distress for families already deeply affected by financially and personally by the incarceration of their loved ones.  We will talk tonight with Wright about what the HRDC is doing to address these abuses.

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society.Tune in every Monday at 6:30 P.M. to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Emma Lugo, Doug McVay and Isabelle Sinclar explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests.

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