Inmates will receive 90 minutes of toll-free phone calls and the cost will be paid by taxpayers.
Governor Ned Lamont promulgated the bill on June 16, and it will come into force on October 22, 2022 for adult institutions and October 1, 2022 for juvenile institutions.
“This historic legislation will change lives: it will keep food on the table for families in difficulty, children in contact with their parents and our communities safer. “
“This important legislation not only provides relief to consumers, but also serves as a pointer for other state and local jurisdictions looking for ways to make these products and services more affordable and accessible,” the statement said.
Securus is launching the measure by immediately reducing call rates to customers by 20% on average, as of July 1.
In 2019, New York City became the first major city to offer inmates free calls.
Detainees were previously charged 50 cents for the first minute of a phone call and five cents for any additional minutes. Now, the Department of Corrections is covering the cost of more than 25,000 calls made from the city’s jails, the city said.