She Made It Easier For Prisoners' Families To Stay In Touch

During Ulandis Forte’s 18 years in prison, his grandmother Martha Wright-Reed called each Sunday after church, despite the high costs, and for decades, she and others pushed government to lower the cost of prison and jail communication. Now the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act explicitly requires the Federal Communications Commission to ensure the cost of all prison and jail phone calls throughout the US are reasonable. Beyond the federal law, Connecticut and California have made phone calls from correctional centers free. “It’s just amazing how far it has come because of the steps that she took at the very beginning,” Forte said. “I never thought it would snowball into something so huge.”

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