“Phones are a lifeline in prison. I have depended on prison calls my entire life, first as a child with my father behind bars, and then as a parent behind bars. The costs of calls should never separate families. We must make calls free.”
- Martin Garcia, New York, Father of 3
As a coalition we fight to connect families by making phone calls free for incarcerated people and their loved ones.
We’re fighting to end a million-dollar industry. Phone calls are a lifeline for incarcerated people and their families. We are fighting for legislation that would end the extraction of wealth from families – disproportionately Black, Brown, and Indigenous and low income – by making phone calls free for all incarcerated people in New York.
Listen to incarcerated New Yorkers talk about why Connecting Families’ work to make phone calls free in all prisons and jails is so important to their lives.
Alfred talks about how COVID-19 necessitates access to free phone calls.
Juan discusses how the economic crisis makes it hard to stay in touch with family while incarcerated.
Adrienne worries about her mother’s health and not being able to reach her.
Add Your Voice
Interested in recording a 30-second video sharing your story about how important free phone calls would be for your family?
We’ll use these videos on social media to educate the public and put pressure on these elected officials!