New Jersey has a state-level contract with Global Tel-Link to provide telephone services in its prisons and (if they choose) county facilities. Several counties have opted into this contract. Rather than providing the lowest possible rates for families with loved ones in these facilities, the contract raises the rates exponentially in order to provide “commissions” to the state and county governments. This hurts families and the community as a whole by making it harder for the people to maintain family ties and reintegrate into the community once they are released.
For more information about the Federal Communication Commission’s Order to lower interstate phone rates and our response to their call for public comments on intrastate phone rates, click on the links below.
Final FCC Comment Docket 12-375 by NJAID and NYU IRC January 10, 2015
For more information about statewide efforts to lower phone rates, including our petition to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, please click on the links below.
For more information about local telephone justice campaigns, please download the following fact sheets and documents:
For more information about other federal efforts on this issue, please read our letter to the Department of Homeland Security, which sets standards for its detention facilities:
For more information about the importance of communication for immigrants held in NJ detention facilities, please visit: