Restore inmate phone calls to 30 minutes now

Restore inmate phone calls to 30 minutes now

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Lindsay Walsh started this petition to Richard J. Durbin (Senator) and

For years, those incarcerated within the Illinois Department of Corrections have been able to phone friends and family for up to 30 minutes at a time. On December 2, 2019, IDOC enacted a change that reduced inmate phone time to 20 minutes per call; citing that there weren't enough inmate phones per facility during offenders' brief dayroom times, and the belief that reduced phone time per person would lead to fewer altercations between inmates over phone use. 

On the contrary, reduced phone time will have serious repercussions on the emotional wellbeing of those housed within IDOC facilities. Opportunities to talk to loved ones, stay informed about their family and friends' lives in the outside world, and feel heard and supported during incarceration has been proven time and time again to improve offenders' mental health and reduce rates of recidivism. The solution to altercations over phone time is not to shorten call lengths; it is to increase the offenders' access to this invaluable lifeline.

IDOC's decision to reduce inmate phone call length must be reversed immediately! By taking the time to call or write to the Illinois Department of Corrections headquarters describing why you think it's important for inmates for have 30-minute phone calls instead of 20-minute phone calls, we can make the heads of the department realize how precious every minute can be to both the offenders, and the people outside who love them.

CONTACTING THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS:

Telephone:  (217) 558-2200

Mailing address: 

Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277

Website: https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Pages/default.aspx

Please treat IDOC employees with fairness and respect when you reach out!

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