“In passing the most comprehensive reforms to date to the prison phone industry, champions like Commissioner Clyburn listened to those long considered voiceless—the families of the 2.4 million people incarcerated in the United States,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). “While there is more work to do to ban commissions and protect the right to in-person visitation, the dozens of organizations and almost 200,000 individuals that fought long and hard for this day should be proud. It’s long past time to reform the unreasonable rates predatory companies impose upon on a captive consumer base.”

Indeed, Clyburn on Thursday specifically hailed “the tireless advocacy of the Media Action Grassroots Network who brought this issue to my attention three years ago and continued to passionately push for relief for the most economically vulnerable in our society.”

A report released last month by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design revealed that the exorbitant costs of prison calls, legal fees, and other incarceration-related expenses are disproportionately born by black women—and contribute to the trauma and poverty endured by family members.

Devin Coleman, a formerly incarcerated organizer with Florida New Majority, added: “Sometimes visiting is not an option and the next best thing is hearing the voice of a loved one. I know from personal experience how vital it is to hear that voice of support, encouragement, and hope from a family member. Because of today’s FCC decision many families across the country will be able to change, overcome, and heal together.”

On Thursday, MAG-Net shared videos from individuals who will be directly affected by the FCC’s decision:

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