A new California state law allows incarcerated people to make free phone calls

Titular04 Ene. 2023

In the United States, in the state of California, incarcerated people can now make and receive free phone calls. The Keep Families Connected Act went into effect on January 1st. The nonprofit organization Worth Rises estimates that at least one in three California families went into debt to maintain regular contact with their loved ones in prison, while prison telecommunications corporations raked in millions of dollars in Profits. California is the second state to enact such a law; the first was Connecticut. Several major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, have similar policies at the local level. This comes as new federal legislation could lower the cost of inmate phone calls nationwide after Congress passes it in 2022. The bill now awaits President Biden’s signature. On average, a 15-minute prison call costs more than five dollars, with some prisons charging a dollar or more per minute.

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