New Bill Tries Again to Make Prison Phone Calls Completely Free
March 2, 2021 In the Press
Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to pass a bill that would make prison phone and video calls free for those incarcerated. A similar bill failed to pass in 2016, but those behind the bill this time believe that Connecticut can be the first state to eliminate such fees.
Reporting for The Intercept, Rachel M. Cohen writes,
Connecticut now boasts a new notorious title: It is now the most expensive state in the country for prison phone calls, after Arkansas renegotiated its rates. A 15-minute phone call between an incarcerated person in Connecticut and a family member costs nearly $5, at $0.21-$0.325 per minute. Rhode Island, its next-door neighbor for example, charges $0.029 per minute.