This week, the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association announced that they'd make the first 10 minutes of phone calls from county jails free every week, and standardize the cost of each minute after to a maximum of 14 cents.
This comes after big news last week, when Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed a law making all telephone calls free for prisoners and their families — becoming the first state in the country to do so. There's a push here in Massachusetts to follow suit, and we want to talk about it.
We discuss with Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association.
We also hear from State Rep. Chynah Tyler of Roxbury, who is the sponsor of a bill that would follow Connecticut's lead and make all calls from Massachusetts prisons and jails free.
This segment aired on June 24, 2021.