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At many U.S. jails, contacting loved ones is unaffordable

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Jails in almost all states charge people for phone calls up to a dollar per minute. This makes it difficult for incarcerated individuals to stay in touch with loved ones, especially since many jails still curtailed in-person visits due to the pandemic.

Beenish Ahmed, a criminal justice reporter, discusses the issue with Felisha Moorlet, whose husband is incarcerated, Johanna Folk, psychiatry professor, and Bianca Tyler from Worth Rises, an organization that advocates for free communication for people in correctional facilities.



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