Assemblymember Bill Quirk recently introduced AB 1876 – County Jail Phone Call Affordability to lower the cost of phone calls from county jails in California. The bill is sponsored by Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), the California Immigrant Policy Center, the Friends Committee on Legislation of California, and the Ella Baker Center. Huge shout out to Christina Mansfield of CIVIC who has been leading this effort!
As you may know, the cost of phone calls for immigrants in detention and other people held in county jail facilities, including youth, is astronomical. These high phone costs affect the health and well being of people who are imprisoned and threaten their constitutional right to due process.
AB 1876 will eliminate kickback payments between prison phone companies and California County Sheriff and Probation Departments that drive up the cost of calls for families. Help us to take a stand against the practice of profiting from familial separation and suffering.
Letters of support are due on Wednesday, March 19th, by 3 p.m.! They should be sent to Ms. Tomasa Dueñas – Tomasa.Duenas@asm.ca.gov (be sure to include a signature). Otherwise, they may be faxed to Ms. Dueñas at (916)-319-2120. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a sample letter. To learn more about this bill, check out this fact sheet!