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Senator Mattie Hunter
Ninety-five percent of people incarcerated in state prisons return home, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics. Inmates who maintain familial relationships have lower recidivism rates, according to a body of research dating back more than 40 years.
As phone calls have become more financially feasible for inmates in Illinois thanks to leadership in the Illinois General Assembly, access to phones in many facilities has become a serious, and at times dangerous, issue. There are not enough functioning phones and recreation time is too limited for most people to make calls, inmates report.
SB2540 would ensure all IDOC facilities have at least one phone for every 10 people who are incarcerated.
The bill was introduced in the Senate on January 28, 2020.