Sen. Warren weighs in on prison-call debate in Hartford
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), a presidential candidate, weighed in on the debate among lawmakers in Hartford on whether to make phone calls free for inmates in state prisons.
A bill to make calls free is pending in committee in the state legislature, and Warren gave her endorsement of the proposal on Twitter.
Warren Tweeted Saturday: “Incarcerated Americans shouldn’t have to pay to talk to the people they love. I stand with the activists in Connecticut who are working to make prison calls free.”
According to sponsors of the bill, Connecticut currently ranks 49th in the country, second only to Arkansas, in the costs imposed on making a phone call from prison. A 15-minute call can run nearly $5, in addition to fees imposed for depositing money into prepaid accounts.