This opinion article discusses the important issue of the high cost of phone calls for inmates. As the article states, studies have shown that connection to one’s family and the greater community can aid rehabilitation and reduce recidivism. Yet inmates continue to be charged exorbitant costs, particularly when many of them make $18 per month in state pay (at least in Ohio). Jails can even be worse. I’ve heard of one that charges $10 per call. I think that this is a short-term profit strategy for cash-strapped facilities, and while that is understandable given the recession, the costs should be reconsidered in light of the potential benefits to society for more phone calls home.
Cut the cost of prison phone calls