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End Minnesota’s high prison phone rates


By Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Guest Commentator


In Minnesota, 15,000 children are losing contact with a mother or father in prison due to the extremely high cost of prison phone calls. The cost for one 15-minute collect phone call from a prison can cost over $17. The high cost of these phone calls is not a product of the cost of service, but rather based upon the commissions received by prisons when they enter into service contracts with phone service providers. The Community Justice Project at the University of St. Thomas School of Law along with many Prison Phone Justice Supporters are organizing to ban these commissions and cap the cost of prison phone calls. Continue Reading →

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Don’t jeopardize stronger families and safer communities



By Artika R. Tyner

Guest Commentator


Martha Wright is an 87-year-old grandmother and a retired nurse. When her grandson, Ulandis Forte, went to prison in 1994, she was determined to keep in touch. Wright knew her grandson had made a mistake, but she did not want him to feel abandoned. More than grandmother’s intuition, research also shows that prisoners who maintain family connections are much less likely to re-offend, breaking the crime cycle. When Ulandis was moved to a facility in Arizona, thousands of miles away from his grandmother’s home in the District of Columbia, collect telephone calls were their only means of maintaining a relationship. Continue Reading →

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Who’s honing Twin Cities’ media focus? Blacks in management still a rarity in local television, radio news

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Blacks are barely represented on the air and in management at Twin Cities television and radio stations. The MSRrecently examined four local station websites — WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), KMSP (Channel 9), and KARE (Channel 11) and found:

WCCO: one Black female anchor, one Black anchor/reporter, one Black reporter

KSTP: No Blacks

KMSP: One Black reporter

KARE: No Blacks

The MSR also examined KSTP and WCCO Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Public File Reports for the December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011 reporting period — the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that these reports are publicly available. KSTP-TV filled 38 full-time openings, including two meteorologists and three reporters. The station also reported the Council on Black Minnesotans, the St. Paul Urban League, Minneapolis Urban League, the Minneapolis NAACP chapter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as among its recruitment sources. Continue Reading →

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