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Dear Commissioners:

For most of us, it's easy to send a Mother's Day message.

This isn't the case for families trying to maintain contact with their incarcerated loved ones. A 15-minute conversation can cost up to $20. Given that most prisoners are from low-income families, people often have to decide between making a phone call and putting food on the table.

Studies show that regular communication between families and prisoners is vital to the rehabilitation process. This aids re-entry into society and supports community safety.

The FCC has the authority to regulate prison phone rates. We urge you to work with your colleagues at the Commission to implement fair and affordable rates "with dispatch."

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    Happy Mother's Day

    This Sunday, 2.7 million children in the U.S. will spend Mother's Day away from an incarcerated parent. Phone calls are a lifeline for prisoners and their families, but they come at a heavy cost: up to $20 for a 15-minute call.

    Telephone companies take advantage of their monopoly in prisons by charging predatory phone rates and tacking on extra fees.

    Studies show that regular communication between prisoners and their families is vital to the rehabilitation process.

    Prisoners' families have pushed the Federal Communications Commission to regulate prison phone rates. With Commissioner Mignon Clyburn — a strong advocate of affordable rates — about to step into her role as interim chair, it's time for us to raise the heat.

    It will take all three current FCC commissioners to fix this problem now. Help us deliver a message to Commissioners Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel: This Mother’s Day, We Want Prison #PhoneJustice.

    Sign this letter and send the commissioners a Mother's Day postcard via Twitter.

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