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COVID Froze Prison Visits, Spotlighting High Cost of Phone Calls

It wasn’t until in-person visits were suspended last year that Jennings realized how much it costs for people in jail to talk to those outside: around $5 for a 15-minute call to some local landlines, $9.99 for a 15-minute call to a cellphone.

“It became obvious that it was really a hardship on the families,” she said.