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NLG Mass Incarceration Committee Submits Public Comments to FCC on Prison Phone Rates

Prison calls by Charlie Reidel/AP
Tasha Moro, Communications Coordinator

The NLG Mass Incarceration Committee (MIC) submitted public comments to the FCC suggesting recommendations to reform Inmate Call Services (ICS), including: (1) Ban commissions and other payments to correctional facilities; (2) Cap the rate for all interstate and intrastate ICS phone calls; and (3) Eliminate ancillary charges.

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent

LRAD Thor Benson NLG NYC
Truthdig
January 20, 2015

Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing. The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a “sound canon,” is a powerful, military-grade electronic megaphone that, in addition to broadcasting police commands, can be used to disperse crowds with a chirping noise reaching 162 decibels, 42 decibels above the level that can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage.