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NYC Mayor Will Let Inmates Make Phone Calls for Free

NYC Mayor Will Let Inmates Make Phone Calls for Free

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will let jail inmates phone for free — the first big city in the nation to do so, The New York Times reported.

The city had been collecting about $5 million a year from calls made by inmates and their families, the news outlet reported.

The new law goes into effect in 270 days.

The move is part of a nationwide push by prison reformers to limit private companies from profiting off incarceration, the Times reported.

Published at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 02:30:47 +0000