Challenging E-Carceration

Challenging E-Carceration

The prison rate is dropping but the use of electronic monitoring is growing. Electronic Monitoring threatens to become a form of technological mass incarceration, shifting the site and costs of imprisonment from state facilities to vulnerable communities and households.

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Mapping Pretrial Injustice

In thousands of communities across the United States, courts are embedding risk assessment tools into high-stakes pretrial incarceration, supervision, and release decisions. The way these tools are used and the biases they can embody are usually not obvious to the public.

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Internet for All

Access to the Internet is a racial, economic, and gender justice issue. From repealing Net Neutrality to cutting the Lifeline program, the conservative right is attacking our right to communicate. Through our campaigns and coalitions—including the national Voices for Internet Freedom coalition—MediaJustice represents communities of color in the fight for an open, affordable, and secure Internet.

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Challenging E-Carceration


Law enforcement agencies are increasingly presenting high-tech tools like electronic monitoring and algorithms as solutions to mass incarceration. But these digital tools are false solutions and only amplify the racial bias that already exists in the criminal legal system.

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Prison Phone Justice

For more than a decade, families have been calling for relief from the high price of staying connected to their loved ones behind bars. From the price of a simple phone call to the exploitative charges for video visitations, families are often forced to choose between other needs—like food and power—and regular contact. Meanwhile, the phone providers and the correctional facilities are making huge profits by maintaining these electronic barriers.

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Defend Our Movements

Defend Our Movements is a national campaign to protect the activists working to win racial and economic justice in a digital age. It includes a web-based clearinghouse of the most up-to-date and useful information about protecting your devices and data—whether on the Internet, through cell phone communications, or in your home or office.

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No More Mergers

AT&T and Verizon control about two-thirds of the mobile market, and they’ve found that ignoring the needs of people of color on low incomes is good for their bottom line. Their dominance at the top has long pushed other carriers, like T-Mobile and Sprint, to focus on the communities being left out. But now T-Mobile and Sprint are planning to merge in order to challenge those higher end brands, which means poorer communities of color are getting thrown under the bus.

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