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Clyburn on Proposed Reform of Interstate Inmate Calling Regime

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Released: July 29, 2013

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July 29, 2013
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STATEMENT OF FCC ACTING CHAIRWOMAN MIGNON L. CLYBURN ON

PROPOSED REFORM OF INTERSTATE INMATE CALLING REGIME

After ten long years, I'm proud to share with my colleagues a proposal to reform the exorbitant
interstate inmate calling regime. For too long, the high cost of long-distance calls from prisoners
to their loved ones across state lines has chronically impacted parents and children, especially
among low-income families. Multiple studies have shown that meaningful contact beyond
prison walls can make a real difference in maintaining community ties, promoting rehabilitation,
and reducing recidivism. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the costs of
interstate inmate calling service phone calls are reasonable.
-FCC-

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