AG Healey: Phone Calls From Inmates to Loved Ones Too Costly 

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Attorney General Maura Healey addresses a crowd at the Barnstable Senior Center for a talk on economic justice.

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Attorney General Maura Healey

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey is pressing federal regulators to overhaul the system by which inmates can phone family members.

Healey said in a letter Wednesday to the head of the Federal Communications Commission that the existing system causes serious financial strain and prevents incarcerated individuals from staying connected to their families.

Healey said the cost to a family of a 15-minute daily phone call can top $160 per month. She said that can make it difficult for inmates to plan for their lives after release by exploring employment and housing options.

Healey said she also discourages commissions through which telephone companies agree to pay a portion of their profits back to correctional facilities. She said that can range from 25 to 60 percent of a company’s gross revenue in Massachusetts.

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