June 29, 2012
From Network 519 by Danny Bonds (author's profile)


Phone Justice

I am an African-American prisoner who has been incarcerated in state prison in Texas for the last 23 years, or since 1989. The high prison phone prices have put the prison phone services beyond the reach of my family. During my 23 years of incarceration, I've only been able to make 2 or 3 long-distance collect phone calls either to my aunt or my ex-girlfriend. Neither my mother, brothers, sister, nor anybody else in my family has been or are able to afford to pay the high phone prices to receive a long-distance collect call from me.

Thus, I haven't been able to call and still cannot call home to my family when I'd really like to, or as necessary to maintain meaningful family ties and relationships.

Indeed, I am being held incommunicado from my own family - my only source of inspiration, hope and support other than God. This is a great injustice or inequity condoned and/or inflicted by the established U.S. ruling authorities in Washington on me and my family. These U.S. ruling authorities - by allowing prison phone prices that are extremely high, exploitative and oppressive - put financial profit and reward before the lives and families of poor and vulnerable prisoners such as myself because of their racism and greed.

This phone injustice - by depriving me of substantial communication and contact with my family - has severely obstructed successful institutional adjustment and individual rehabilitation on my part. It has also caused me and my family to suffer prolonged disappointment, grief, and serious disintegration, destruction and loss of our family integrity and unit.

By: Danny Bords 6/18/12

Mr. Danny Bords, #542646
Michael Unit
2664 F.M. 2054
Tenn. Colony, Tx. 75886


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prisonactionnews Posted 7¬†years, 9¬†months ago.   Favorite
Hi, Danny

I am writing to let you know about Prison Action News, a biannual journal of prisoners' stories of resistance to incarceration. Written by prisoners and edited and distributed by outside volunteers, PAN has about 1,600 incarcerated subscribers across the US. It is a great outlet to both read and publish stories about fighting exorbitant phone prices, or any other oppressive aspect of prison life. If you would like to subscribe to PAN, write to:

PO Box 832
Watertown, MA 02472

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