Letter to the Editor: Senators should act to curb high phone fees for jail calls

To the Editor:

Some people must face a terrible choice: Pay for heat or food or pay to talk to a loved one in jail. 

Among the many ways that the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts Black and brown communities is the exorbitant, predatory, and extreme phone fees charged to people in jails. Families in our state spend $24 million a year just to be able to connect with their loved ones, while phone companies profit richly.

State Senate Bill 2846, the no cost calls legislation, is currently waiting for a floor vote. Sen. Nick Collins must demand that this bill be brought to a vote. He should prioritize the needs of families and communities in senatorial districts over corporate profits. 

– Tamiko Beyer