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Massachusetts Enacts Free Prison Calls Law

Massachusetts has become the fifth state in the US to make phone calls from prisons free, following the signing of a new bill by Governor Maura Healey.

This groundbreaking law includes all 14 correctional facilities in the state, ensuring equitable access to communication for incarcerated individuals.

Importance of Communication in Rehabilitation (H2)

The Massachusetts Department of Correction emphasizes the role of communication in maintaining family bonds and advancing rehabilitation.

According to Commissioner Carol Mici, “No cost calls will alleviate the financial burden… Strong family support helps to advance the rehabilitative process, reduces recidivism, and contributes to successful reentry upon release.”

Setting a Powerful Precedent

Described as a “powerful precedent” by the National Consumer Law Center, the law addresses the financial strain faced by families of incarcerated individuals.

Caroline Cohn from the center commended Massachusetts for its decision, noting, “For years, prison phone companies have profited off the backs of some of the most economically vulnerable families in Massachusetts.”

This move follows the trend set by New York City in 2019 and Connecticut in 2021, reflecting growing awareness of the exorbitant costs of prison calls.

Advocacy groups have long highlighted these costs, which previously could reach $14 a minute.

With information from CNN.

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