Sens. Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Cut Prison Phone Rates

Law360 (June 13, 2019, 6:07 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would empower the Federal Communications Commission to slash prison phone rates, saying more phone calls between inmates and their families, clergy and lawyers will make inmates less likely to reoffend when they are released.

Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Angus King, I-Maine, said helping incarcerated people keep in touch with family members will strengthen the nation's criminal justice system. Studies have shown helping prisoners maintain contact with family can help reduce recidivism and save tax dollars, they said.

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