Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Asks FCC for Explanation on Prison Phone Rates

Feb 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Counsel, Mr. Brendan Carr asking him to explain the FCC’s decision not to defend, in whole, its prison phone rate letter in federal court.

As Rush, who was joined by U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia), stated in the letter, “Chances for rehabilitation and successful reintegration into society are much greater when millions of Americans who are currently incarcerated are allowed to maintain communication with their loved ones and support systems.  Overpriced phone rates deter these communications and contribute to increased recidivism.”

Rush, who first addressed this issue by introducing legislation in 2005, has been a longtime proponent of FCC involvement in prison phone rates.

A complete copy of the letter can be found below.