September 28, 2022 — Letter

Our organizations have long supported S.1541, the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act, because it will restore the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to prevent incarcerated people and their families and loved ones from paying predatory prices to communicate with each other.

We write to recommend support for the amendment in the nature of a substitute that Senator Duckworth intends to offer at markup in the Senate Commerce Committee on March 22, 2022. Senator Duckworth and her staff have committed themselves to finding a path forward to improve the lives of people across the country who are forced to pay any price for phone calls, no matter how high, and pay any fee, no matter how unconscionable.