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Connecticut Is The First State In The Nation To Make All Prison Phone Calls Free Of Charge.
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Connecticut Is The First State In The Nation To Make All Prison Phone Calls Free Of Charge.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut became the first state this week to make all prison phone calls free, alleviating one of the most significant emotional and financial burdens on incarcerated men and women and their families as they try to stay in touch.

The state has a contract with phone vendor Securus Technologies, which charges up to $5 for a 15-minute call, which is among the highest phone rates in the country.

The bill, signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday, could go into effect as early as next month, supporters said Friday, and it provides incarcerated men, women, and juveniles with a minimum of 90 minutes of free calls per day.

“We are on the right side of history,” Democratic Rep. Josh Elliott, one of the bill’s supporters, said. “Corporations can no longer be allowed to exploit the love between incarcerated people and their families — not in our state, not on our watch.”

Connecticut joins New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles as jurisdictions across the country that have taken steps to make prison and jail phone calls free of charge.

“This historic legislation will change lives,” said Bianca Tylek, executive director of Worth Rises, which has been working with local advocates, many of whom have been directly impacted, to reduce prison phone costs. “It will keep food on the table for struggling families, children in touch with their parents, and our communities safer.”

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