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Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system

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Dr. Tyner and Teri Schmitz (former Social Worker and a 2L with the Community Justice Project) featured in a Start Tribune article, Rosenblum: Calls to reform unfair prison phone system on March 5.

“They’ve got the monopoly, so they charge whatever they want,” said one Minnesota mother, struggling to stay in touch with her imprisoned son. “We ran our bill up until they cut us off.”

Her struggle, and that of thousands of other families, is finally being heard. In mid-February, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responded to “unreasonably high phone bills for inmates’ families” by setting caps on all calls, whether collect or debit.

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