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San Francisco Mayor London Breed to Eliminate Jail Phone Call Fees

June 14, 2019

San Francisco will stop charging jail inmates for phone calls and stop marking up the cost of items in the jail store, Mayor London Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told KQED, a change that will save inmates and their families about $1.7 million a year and, city officials hope, make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.

State law allows counties to charge inmates premiums for both calls and jail commissary items — money that’s used to support rehabilitation and re-entry services in jails. In San Francisco, the money is spent on staff members who coordinate nonprofit services and prisoner legal services.

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