3:35pm ET - Last week, in a
private ceremony closed to the public and Press but open to religious leaders,
Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence, signed into law, the nation’s most
sweeping Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, which allows virtually anyone or
thing to claim religious exemptions from complying with state and local laws. Joining us today to discuss the bill as well
as Gov. Pence’s claims that this bill is not about legalizing discrimination against LGBT people in the state of Indiana is Paul Schindler, the
Editor-in-chief of Gay City News. You can also follow Paul on twitter.
4:35pm ET - Up until the 1990's, people incarcerated in our nation’s penal system could make and receive calls to lawyers and family members at rates similar to those paid by average citizens outside prison walls. However, over the past three decades the prison phone system has grown into a $1.2 billion-a-year industry which is dominated by a handful of private companies who manage phones in prisons and jails in all 50 states, and have been setting rates and fees far in excess of those established by regular commercial providers. Now, after years of complaints from prison-rights groups and families of the incarcerated, the Federal Communications Commission is investigating the financial intricacies of the industry, which has been largely unregulated. Joining us today to discuss the prison phone industry and how it negatively affects and financially cripples millions of Americans is Alex Friedmann, the Associate Director of Human Rights Defense Center and the managing editor of Prison Legal News. You can also follow Prison Legal News on twitter.
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