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The Push to Make Phone Calls Free for People Incarcerated in Massachusetts Hits a Critical Moment Tuesday

Massachusetts families spend about $25 million each year on phone calls to incarcerated relatives, a nonprofit advocacy group says.

In Massachusetts, the Building Up People Not Prisons coalition is leading the push for a bill that would make phone, video and other electronic communication free for people incarcerated in the state. That coalition is headed by Families for Justice as Healing, a Boston-based group led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, as well as women whose loved ones have been incarcerated.