Last year, people in Connecticut prisons paid $13.2 million for phone calls, 60% of which the private phone company then paid back to the state as a kickback. I wrote about the new bill trying to change that & make phone calls free for incarcerated people. https://t.co/vbjsc5JmmQ
The prison phone industry has grown into a $1.2 billion business and these private phone companies give huge kickbacks to states & municipalities across the country. There’s little incentive for states to reform a system that pays them millions of dollars to do business.
Decades of research shows that allowing incarcerated people to stay in touch with their family is one of the most important ways to ensure successful reentry. But private phone companies wield an enormous amount of power and often prevent legislatures from changing the system.