The Wall Street Journal: New York City jails will give inmates free phone calls

All inmates being held in New York City jails will no longer have to pay a fee to make a phone call, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The Democratic mayor said waiving the fee for the city’s more than 8,000 inmates will keep them better connected to family and friends. “For too long, people in custody have faced barriers to basic aspects of everyday life that can help create more humane jails,” he said in a statement. “With free phone calls, we’re eliminating one of those barriers.”

Inmates make more than 25,000 calls from the city’s jails each day, according to city data.

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