"It's simple; increase support, lower recidivism." Bullock, CEO/Flikshop
Lanham, MD (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
According to the The Washington Examiner, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has called on the FCC to review their policies regarding phone calls from prison inmates. Flikshop, today, released a statement in solidarity with the CBC and their efforts to improve the lines of communication between inmates and their loved ones.
According to the Washington Examiner's report, members of the caucus hinted at exorbitant phone rates that can be nearly $4 per call, and up to $.55 cents per minute for long distance calls. Washington, D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton was quoted as saying that the caucus is pressing the FCC to regulate interstate and intrastate calls.
"Phone rates have been the thorn in the side of many that suffer from incarceration,” said Marcus Bullock, CEO of Flikshop. “We're extremely excited to see how powerhouses such as the Congressional Black Caucus have partnered with families to end this abuse by these predatory phone companies."
Members of Congress were able to make comments on current FCC regulations until the comment period ended in April. Those comments are then reviewed and taken into account when new regulations are drafted, according to the Examiner's report.
Flikshop CEO, Marcus Bullock, thinks that the reforms proposed by the CBC should be a no-brainer for the FCC.
"Its simple; increase support, lower recidivism,” said Bullock. “When you create obstacles during the rehabilitation period, you damage the potential of the inmate well before they are released."
Along with providing a fast, convenient and cost effective method for inmates to communicate with their loved ones, Flikshop is dedicated to community outreach efforts aimed at reconciling ex-cons with the communities affected by their crimes.
Communication, Bullock said, is a key part of this.
"It’s extremely important to keep inmates connected to their loved ones during one of the most trying times in a family's life," said Bullock.
Flikshop, and its outreach organization “Bring in the Community” are partners with community programs and organizations supporting inmate rehabilitation and prison reform. By partnering with select juvenile facilities throughout the country, the program wants to introduce offenders to a different method of motivation and self-enrichment.
Visit Flikshop for more information about the mobile app and visit http://www.bringinthecommunity.com to learn more about this initiative.
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