Communication with loved ones is essential to the health and well-being of incarcerated Oregonians, their families, and their communities. But when incarcerated individuals face excessive fees and charges when placing phone calls, it creates a significant barrier to the outside world and creates an even greater disparity in our justice system, where poorer people are unable to communicate with their familes and support networks as often or for as long as people with greater financial resources.

Senate Bill 498 would prohibit jails and prisons from receiving a fee or other form of payment for telephone services provided to incarcerated Oregonians. 

Sponsors

Chief Sponsors: Senator Gelser, Representative Williamson. Regular Sponsors: Senators Dembrow, Frederick, Golden, Manning Jr, Riley, and Wagner

Status

Passed House

Session

2019

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