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Old 08-17-2010, 01:36 PM
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Default YOUR PERSONAL STORIES about prison phone calls, for magazine article?

Dear PTO Community,

I'm a freelance journalist in New York City, and am working on a magazine article about prison phone calls. I'll be talking with activists, phone companies, and governments about all the issues involved. But what I really need are a couple compelling personal stories of people affected by the prison phone system -- the high costs, the blocked calls, and so on.

I need stories that show the positive impact of phone calls, and the negative impact of the cost of those calls. For example, did a blocked call prevent a loved one in prison from getting a last chance to speak with a dying parent? Did the high costs of calls prevent a prisoner from speaking with his/her children before an important event in their lives? Did regular calls over the course of a prisoner's sentence help him get back on track once he was released? Or maybe there's a happy instance you can tell me about that demonstrates why phone calls are so important to you? Also, sweet stories about phone rituals are good, too -- such as "for his entire 10 years in prison so far, we've always talked on Thursdays around 8:00pm."

If you or someone you know has a great personal story, please reply to this thread. You can be anywhere in the country.

If you want to remain anonymous, just say so. Or if it's okay to use your first and/or last name, please let me know that, too.

At this point, I'm just developing the short "pitch" or proposal for the magazine article. I'll shop it around to a few national magazines. When and if one of those magazines says they want me to write the full article, I'll do more research.

At this point, I just need a short version of your story -- a few sentences or a paragraph is great. Thanks for any stories you would like to share.

Best regards,
Paul Lemon
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:46 PM
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Hmm.. interesting story. I'd love to see the end result.
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Originally Posted by LR81 View Post
Hmm.. interesting story. I'd love to see the end result.

Thanks for the interest, LR81. I'll post on Prison Talk when whatever I write on the topic gets published.

If you have any stories about prison phone calls you'd care to share, I'd love to hear 'em.

In any case, thanks for the interest!

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