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Jan 9, 2023


Washington, DC (January, 9 2022) – Last Thursday, President Joe Biden signed into law the Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022, a law that will ease the high costs associated with phone calls from prisons. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) commends President Biden for signing this bill into law, as it puts an end to the price gouging of families trying to stay connected to their loved ones who are incarcerated. 

The NCBCP worked along with tireless advocates and the civil rights community, to move this legislation through the Congress and ultimately to President Biden’s desk. Our community will remain vigilant in seeing that the Federal Communications Commission will implement the provisions of this law fairly and expediently.

The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act is a crucial step towards ensuring that incarcerated individuals are able to maintain meaningful connections with their loved ones. Not only is this law just, it is also a compassionate law, as it helps reduce recidivism by providing incarcerated people the opportunity to stay in touch with loved ones and their community without incurring undue and exorbitant financial costs.

NCBCP President and CEO Melanie L. Campbell states, "The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act is a long overdue victory for justice and humanity. For too long, incarcerated individuals and their families have been subjected to exorbitant fees for phone calls, making it difficult for them to maintain the vital relationships that are so important for successful reintegration into society. We are happy to see this bill signed into law, and we look forward to seeing its positive impact on the lives of countless individuals and families across the country.

We believe that this law will make a real difference in the lives of those affected by mass incarceration, and we are proud to stand with all of the advocates who helped to make it a reality.”


The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.”  The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success. Black Youth Vote is the youth-led civic leadership, training and organizing arm of the NCBCP. For more information on the NCBCP’s Unity 2020 National Campaign go to

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