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View Diary: Goldman Sachs, your daughter, and prison kickbacks (14 comments)

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  •  Human Rights (9+ / 0-)
    It was a nightmare taking calls.  I had to get a phone, quick, and had those expensive calls, especially after he was assaulted in jail.  

    I connect the high cost of prison phone calls directly to human rights abuses inside our nation's jail, prisons, and detention centers.  The lack of "sunlight" or folks calls creates barriers to getting reports out on abuses.  Along with the economic issues there is a human rights issue connected with the high phone costs.  The change has to happen either at a state-by-state level or with the FCC finally stepping up and taking action.

    •  I didn't know the extent of his injuries, (6+ / 0-)

      or even that he had been jumped by 5-6 guys in his "pod", I just knew he was calling a lot and was pretty down. I wrote it off to the fact that he was in jail.

      He has told me just recently (10 years later) the extent of his injuries and the fact that he couldn't rat anyone out and had to be very careful of what he said on the phone because it was all monitored.

      There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to help your child.  They had set a million dollar bond initially that I couldn't touch that was later lowered to $25K!  He was finally bonded out, but they really didn't drop the charges for over 6 months.  

      My dad was a police officer and would roll over in his grave at what passes for law enforcement.  The cops involved in my son's arrest were transplanted NYC cops who had moved to the sunny SW.  Apparently they brought their tactics with them.  

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