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State of Phone Justice: Local jails, state prisons and private phone providers

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The movement for phone justice has won huge victories in state-run prisons, but people in local jails - many of whom have not been convicted of a crime - still frequently have to pay $1 per minute or more for a phone call. State of Phone Justice uncovers the cost of calls in over 1,800 jails nationwide, explaining why sheriffs sign lucrative phone contracts that prey on pretrial detainees and enrich private phone providers.

The report allows readers to compare the cost of phone calls in thousands of locally-run jails and state-run prisons, and goes into unprecedented depth on the state of the prison and jail phone market.



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