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This bill prohibits the Department of Correction from collecting revenues from inmate telephone calls, and requires the Department to provide such calls without charge.

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Introduced by Council

Int. No. 741


By The Speaker (Council Member Johnson) and Council Members Brannan and Rosenthal


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting fees for telephone calls from inmates in city jails


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 1 of Title 9 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 9-153 to read as follows:    

§ 9-153. Telephone fees. To the extent that the department provides telephone services to inmates, the department shall not accept or receive revenue for providing such services and shall provide all such telephone services to inmates without charge to the inmates or the receiving parties.

§ 2. This local  law takes effect 120 days after enactment, provided that the board of correction shall take all actions necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.

LS #7980/Int. 1634-2017

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