Who is affected when someone goes to prison?
With phone charges that are 24 times the rate of other calls, it’s cheaper to call Singapore than reach a loved one in the prison. Predatory prison phone rates are a $362 million dollar a year business with kickbacks and charges that hurt families and increase recidivism. To end this, Blend helped Participant Films, Center for Media Justice, and MAG-Net drive an on-line signature campaign to encourage the FCC to establish fair rates for all interstate-calling services.
The Result? After a decade-long battle, the FCC Federal Communications Commission voted to cap prison phone rates, decreasing the cost of maintaining family connections by nearly 80%.
Publicity & Policy / Digital
Blend secured national and local market placements via interviews with topic experts and celebrity Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob) that included the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR & CNN. We also worked with Alliance partners to find local spokesperson and data.