Family Connections = Keys to Reentry

Free Phone Calls & Visiting:

National data shows that women make up almost 90% of family members paying for phone fees and visiting.

More than a third of the families are in debt because of
those costs.

The above community mural, named “The Passage,” in the Exit Lobby of the Louisville Metro Jail portrays a bridge to the outside, images of loved ones, connections with nature, winds of change, prayers and peace.

In Louisville, charges for phone fees are racially inequitable because of disparities in who is arrested, released pre-trial, or can afford cash bail. This means Black families are disproportionately burdened and indebted by the costs of phone calls On May 28th, for example, the Jail reports 711 Black people being held, 52% of the total 1373.

As a minimum health standard, all incarcerated people and their loved ones
deserve at least one free phone call per day in a clean, safe, and private space

The final Budget is now under consideration by the Metro Council. For the most current information on phone fees, contact your District Council member today.

We call on @louisvillekygov to remove the $700,700 in revenues collected from
telephone fees in the Mayor’s proposed Budget for Louisville Metro Department of
Corrections for 2021-22.

We call on Louisville Metro Department of Corrections @KYCorrections to establish minimum
health standards and open in-person visiting so that incarcerated individuals and
their loved ones can build social connectedness.

National studies show that visiting with incarcerated parents provides emotional
support for children and reduces the risk of recidivism after parents are released.
Minimum health standards include in-person visiting available to all families two
or more times each week, in a clean, safe well-lit space that accommodates children’s
schedules and prioritizes the physical, emotional and safety of children.

We call on Louisville Metro Department of Corrections to accept and implement
these essential changes immediately to improve the health & wellbeing of all people
in our community.

Louisville Family Justice Work Team,

Annette Bridges, Leslie Clements, Judi Jennings, Shelton McElroy, LaTonya McNeal, Tony Newberry, Julia Richerson, Savvy Shabazz, All Of Us Or None

On May 28, Black people numbered 711 52% of the 1373 people being held in the
Louisville Metro jail.

Minnesota Department of Corrections. (2011).

Saneta, d-V., Schweidler, C., Walters, A., & Zohrabi, A. (2017).

Who pays? The true
cost of incarceration on families
. Oakland, CA: Ella Baker Center, Forward Together

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