NYC Is First Major City to Allow Incarcerated People to Make Free Phone Calls

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A death row inmate uses a phone from his cell in the East Block during a media tour of San Quentin State Prison, December 29, 2015 (REUTERS/Stephen Lam).

Incarcerated people in New York City can make free phone calls from jail, city officials announced.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bill, which is titled 741-A, has been implemented into law and will allow free phone calls for people who are in custody in the city. In a statement on May 1, de Blasio stated that NYC had become the first major city to implement such a law.

“For too long have people in custody faced barriers to basic aspects of everyday life that can help create more humane jails,” de Blasio said in the statement. “With free phone calls, we’re eliminating one of those barriers and ensuring that people in custody have the opportunity to remain…

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