The title of the video refers to the site commissions (the “kickbacks”) that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) charges on each and every phone call. Users pay $4 for a phone call, and 76% of that (about $3) goes right back into the coffers of IDOC. In 2012, these kickbacks came to nearly $12 million. The Illinois Campaign believes that these kickbacks should be eliminated.
For several years, a nationwide mobilization has been pressuring the Federal Communications Commission FCC) to put a cap on phone charges for calls from prisons and jails. Our Illinois campaign filed a lengthy report with the FCC in January on this issue. At the video showing we will provide further updates on the national and statewide actions on prison phone justice.
The video showing is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The attached flyer has more details. Please circulate.
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana