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Connecticut poised to provide free calls to prisoners

Expand An inmate makes a phone call from his cell at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California, May 24, 2011. © 2011 Reuters Connecticut’s House Judiciary Committee voted this week to advance a bill that would provide free phone, video calls, and email, for the 14,000 people held in state custody. The high cost of these services discourages prisoners from staying in touch with families and friends, and forces families to make painful sacrifices in order to stay in touch with loved ones. The bill, now with the House Appropriations Committee, would also prohibit the Department of Corrections…

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