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New York City Jail Inmates Can Now Make Free Phone Calls

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New York City Jail Inmates Can Now Make Free Phone Calls

New York City Jail Inmates Can Now Make Free Phone Calls

On Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that inmates are now allowed free phone calls from jails, making it the first major U.S. city to eliminate fees for inmate calls.

“For too long have people in custody faced barriers to basic aspects of everyday life,” de Blasio said. “With free phone calls, we’re eliminating one of those barriers and ensuring that people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”

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For those who don’t know, Inmates were previously charged 50 cents for the first minute of a phone call and 5 cents per additional minute. Under the new law, inmates can make free calls up to 21 minutes every three hours to anywhere in the United States. ABC NY reports that the city Department of Correction is also installing more phone lines to handle the expected increased volume of calls.

Of course this is very concerning to some people. The correction officers’ union are worried that free phone calls could aid gangs that operate from inside the jails. However, Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, said that they’re staying on top of the calls.

“Our gang intelligence is at the front lines of this area and nobody does it better than them,” he said.

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