I just spoke with Kalia's* mother this morning. Here is the story. Her Mom cannot afford the high-cost and additional fees of phone calls to allow her daughter to speak with her incarcerated father
Kalia's mom isn't alone. The Pew Center on the States reported yesterday:
Espinola Quinnâs children havenât spoken to their father in more than two months. He is in prison in Louisiana, and an inmate phone account costs upwards of $25 to set up and then must be reloaded regularly. Individual calls from a Louisiana prison or jail cost about 30 cents a minute, too much for the family to afford.
For these families the phone is the family lifeline.
Unfortunately, a few, telecommunication companies have found a gap in our system that allows them to charge downright exploitative costs for phone calls while providing a generous âkick-backâ to the state.
Next week, in the state of Louisiana the financial fate of hundreds, possibly thousands of families, and their ability to stay connected with each other will be decided by the state Louisiana Public Service Commissioners. We are pretty sure it is going to come down to one vote.
This is where residents of the Bayou State and the State of KOS come in. (more under the fold) Join the families and take a quick action.
Two Commissioners, Commissioners Campbell (District 5) and Field (District 2), voted YES on the proposal. Two Commissioners, Commissioners Skrmetta (District 1) and Holloway (District 4) voted NO. The fifth Commissioner, Commissioner Boissier, abstained. The Commissioners voted 3-2 to push the vote back to December to allow the Louisiana Sheriffs Association to do more research on the issue.
The next vote, and what we believe to be the final opportunity, will take place December 12th. Dozens of residents in Louisiana have spoken up, but we have heard from our allies that it hasnât been enough of a demonstration to public support.
If you live in Louisiana you know the state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts.
Join with our some of our most vulnerable citizens, the children of prisoners and tell the Commission to end the kickbacks.
Here is what you can do today if you live in LA:
SEND A LETTER OF SUPPORT (we have made it easy for you)