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$4/minute for a phone call = $13.4 million in "kickbacks"
We have reached the next phase in our campaign; now we are asking the Illinois Representatives to support HB 6200 - The Family Connections Bill, sponsored by State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana). This bill eliminates the millions in phone commissions collected by the IDOC and paid for by working families with a loved one incarcerated. Illinois currently has the highest phone commissions in the country.
Currently, the Illinois Department of Corrections collects $13 million a year from “commissions,” or kickbacks, which is the highest of any state in the country. This is less than .01% of the state budget. Ten states have eliminated commissions, including Michigan, Nebraska, and most recently Ohio.
Communication is essential for individuals and their families to endure a period of incarceration. It is also critical to reducing recidivism when those individuals are eventually released back into society.
The bill will be discussed at a hearing on Monday, April 4 a.m. of the Judiciary-Criminal Committee, and there will be a press conference on Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room in Springfield and we are inviting Illinois House members to attend.
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