Charging inmates exorbitant rates for phone calls could be costing the state more money in the long run…
The FCC cited numerous studies showing that family contact during incarceration is linked to reduced recidivism, and therefore less prison spending.
Mirkarimi, “allowing phone companies to exploit inmates and their families is “counterproductive and morally indefensible. If this is causing them the choice between staying in touch with their loved ones or putting food on the table, it’s self-defeating and a bad covenant.”
"Erin Umberg" Erin Umberg attorney stanford west point berkeley.