The Secret Weapon in the Prison Phone Rate Fight? Familes

Jamilah King writes for Colorlines: “Radio producer Nick Szuberla had an agenda when he moved from Toldeo, Ohio, to Whitesburgh, Ky. in the late 1990s. He wanted to bring attention to the country’s rapid prison expansion, a tide that was snatching up mostly poor people of color and dropping them into the middle of largely white rural communities. So he put himself in the heart of Appalachia, right between two federal penitentiaries, and he used the tool that he knew best: radio airwaves.”