Chicago, IL (Monday, December 3, 2012) —Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and The
Rainbow PUSH Coalition will raise the issue regarding kickback exploitation of
prisoners’ families and phone rates during the Cook County Commissioners
Board Meeting on December 4, 2012 at 10am in the Cook County Board Room,
County Building at 118 N. Clark 5th Floor Chicago Il. Please join Rev. Jesse L.
Jackson Sr., Rainbow PUSH Coalition Staff members and supporters as they highlight
and discuss prisoners’ families phone rates.
In Cook County jails, prisoners are charged as much as $15 a call to be in touch
with their relatives. The exploitive rates can force families — already struggling with
the burdens of having a loved one locked up — to choose between supporting their
loved one or paying for heat or food. An Illinois study found that the price of phone
calls from prison was one of the two most significant barriers to family contact
The prison system cuts a deal with a telephone company that pays the state a
“commission” — what the New York Times calls a “legalized kickback” — that
ranges from 15 to 60 percent of the revenue. Thus, as a report by the Prison Policy
Initiative details, state prison systems have no incentive to select the company with
the lowest rates. Instead, the correctional departments gain the most by selecting the
company that provides the highest commissions.
Additional Predatory Phone Action Facts
Globel Tel- Link , Securus and Century Link are the Phone providers.
Global Tel-Link charges New York prisoners and their families about 5 cents per minute
for local and long-distance calls.
In Georgia, inmates pay $17 a minute for a 15-minute long-distance call.
The federal prison system has inexpensive phone service, using a computer-controlled
system that enables inmates to place calls to a limited list of numbers.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Dr. Sean McMillan, Bishop Tavis Grant
Staff Members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Supporters
WHAT: Cook County Board Commissioners Board Meeting
WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 3, 2012
WHERE: Cook County Board Room
118 N. Clark 5th Floor Chicago Il
Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and
expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is
headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH
Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366.