FIGHT AGAINST EXPLOITATION The prison and jail telephone industry is taking advantage of the captive market of incarcerated people and their families to charge outrageous fees and rates for simple phone calls and messages. Join us in the fight to end this exploitation, so that people behind bars and their families can afford to stay in touch.

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Electronic Messaging and Tablets   Tweet this

We think of email and the Internet as tools for staying in touch, but behind bars, they're becoming tools for exploitation. Private companies offer electronic tablets and kiosks to prisons — sometimes for free — and then overcharge 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.

The Prison Policy Initiative is bringing these abusive practices to light. We're calling for digital technology to be offered as it was originally designed: to be free and accessible to all. See our key research below:


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