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Ontario prisons waive phone fees for inmates

telecom | 04/21/2020 6:30 pm EDT

Ontario prisons are now allowing prisoners to call cell phones as well as landlines for free in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to a letter Ontario attorney general Sylvia Jones sent Monday to signatories of an online petition demanding free phone calls, prisoners will now be allowed to make up to 50 local calls each month for free, or use up to 52 minutes of long-distance calls, to both landlines and cellphones. Inmates were previously only able to make collect calls to landlines, and were unable to make calls to cell phones at all. The letter states inmates will still...