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Exposing exploitative "prison tablet" contracts

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Private companies are offering electronic tablets and kiosks to prisons and jails — then overcharging incarcerated people and their loved ones to use them.

Worse, these low-quality digital products are becoming an excuse for some prisons and jails to eliminate essential services, like libraries and paralegals, and to charge people by the minute to read books.

Our research is bringing these abusive practices to light. Read our primer on programs that claim to deliver tablets at "no cost" to taxpayers, and our short report showing which states have implemented tablet programs.

Mass incarceration, state by state

Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state.

If our work is new to you, you might want to check out our 2019-2020 annual report.

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