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FCC Chairman Wheeler Announces Prison Phone Rate Reform

The following statement can be attributed to Cheryl Leanza, Policy Advisor, United Church of Christ, OC Inc.:

Today's action by the FCC to press ahead on prison phone rate reform is welcome news. We congratulate Chairman Wheeler on his wisdom in taking his cues from Commissioner Clyburn on her strong moral leadership with regard to this issue. Predatory prison phone rates not only harm families economically, they undermine a supportive network for inmates, which in turn makes our communities less safe. We are pleased to see that the Commission is proposing to reform local telephone rates and to take further action to eliminate the subsidy of our prisons and jails via telephone rates.

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