Calls to loved ones are very expensive for incarcerated people. Incarceration overwhelmingly affects poor families, and some are spending all additional funds to care for kids. In other cases, kids are not with family, and it is all the more important that these kids can get calls from mom, who in turn is checking to make sure her kids are safe.
Moms in state prisons are an average of 169 miles from their kids. Calls can also help moms establish regular contact, which is crucial for moms working to reunite with kids when they are released.
Since 2015 Moms United Against Violence & Incarceration (MUAVI) has been raising phone funds for moms at Logan, Decatur and Cook County Jail to ensure a lifeline during painful separation.
Most imprisoned people will return one day, but for some that will be a long time. We must work to get people free through commutation campaigns, defense campaigns, and by demanding community-based resources over all forms of incarceration. And, we must do what we can to support families right now.
Moms United will direct all donated funds, via MUAVI co-founder, Holly Krig, to make $25-$50 payments to the Securus* accounts of 20-40 incarcerated moms, based on most urgent need, and send additional funds for commissary where needed.
*Securus is the private company that makes millions in profit from prisoner calls: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2017/oct/10/profiting-mass-incarceration-detroit-pistons-owner-buys-private-prison-phone-company/
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