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$4/minute for a phone call = $13.4 million in "kickbacks"

Dear Supporter,

We have reached the next phase in our campaign; now we are asking the Illinois Representatives to support HB 6200 - The Family Connections Bill, sponsored by State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana). This bill eliminates the millions in phone commissions collected by the IDOC and paid for by working families with a loved one incarcerated. Illinois currently has the highest phone commissions in the country.

Currently, the Illinois Department of Corrections collects $13 million a year from “commissions,” or kickbacks, which is the highest of any state in the country. This is less than .01% of the state budget. Ten states have eliminated commissions, including Michigan, Nebraska, and most recently Ohio.

Communication is essential for individuals and their families to endure a period of incarceration. It is also critical to reducing recidivism when those individuals are eventually released back into society. 

The bill will be discussed at a hearing on Monday, April 4 a.m. of the Judiciary-Criminal Committee, and there will be a press conference on Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room in Springfield and we are inviting Illinois House members to attend.

In solidarity,

Andrea Miller
People Demanding Action

1. Read the full text of House Bill 6200.
2. “Illinois and Cook County Reconsider Profits from Inmate Phone Calls.” Chicago Reporter, April 19, 2015.
3. “FCC Will Cap Prison Phone Rates, and That's Bad News for These Two Tech Companies.” October 22, 2015. 

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