Almost a decade ago, a petition by the families of inmates tired of paying sky-high rates for prison telephone calls landed at the Federal Communications Commission. Martha Wright-Reed of the District, an 86-year-old former nurse who’s blind, and other petitioners didn’t think it was right for their incarcerated sons and daughters to pay so much more than everyone else to keep in touch. Phone companies that charge high rates say most of their revenue goes to governments in the form of commissions that help pay for their criminal justice systems.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Life in Women's Prison
For some of us, a life spent behind bars is nothing more than a scary thought. Yet, there are others who have lived through or are living that life. If prison can mean rock-bottom for most people, it can be even more so if you're a women. Studies suggest that the US Criminal Justice System are dealing women with harsher punishments than their male counterparts. Let's take the case of Tondalo Hall as an example. She and her child were physically and verbally abused by her boyfriend. When police got wind of the child's plight, both of them were arrested. What makes it more interesting though is her boyfriend was sentenced to only two years. Meanwhile, Hall has to spend 30 years in prison for failing to protect her child from her abusive boyfriend. This is just one out of the th