Prison Phone Companies Shouldn’t Be Able to Profit Off Families

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Over 40,000 Nebraska children have or have had a parent behind bars. For these kids, losing a parent to incarceration can be as traumatic as losing a parent to death or divorce. The average county jail stay in Nebraska is 48 days, making phone the only way to connect on a routine basis – often before a person has even been convicted.

But for-profit prison phone companies have gotten away with charging sky-high rates to prisoners and their families, making it too expensive for families to stay connected. Some county prisoners are charged up to $19 for a 15-minute phone call – a call that might cost $2 outside of jail.

Phone companies shouldn't be able to profit off prisoners trying to be good parents and good family members. Steep prices mean many prisoners won't be able to call home as often, and that's bad for public safety – when prisoners keep in touch with their families, they are less likely to reoffend and wind up back behind bars.

Sign the petition urging Nebraska lawmakers to stop private companies from profiting off of poor Nebraskans.

To Nebraska Lawmakers

For far too long, prison phone companies have gotten away with charging sky-high rates to prisoners and their families. Unlike most phone services, many county jails in Nebraska charge more for a prisoner to call to their family in the neighboring town than they do to call another state.

When prisoners keep in touch with their families, they are less likely to reoffend later and kids are better off. It's time to set jail phone rates at a price families can afford.