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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2564         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2268

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Benjamin Swan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to telephone service for inmates in all correctional and other penal institutions in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2564        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2268

By Mr. Swan of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2268) of Benjamin Swan and others relative to telephone service for inmates in correctional institutions.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1752 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to telephone service for inmates in all correctional and other penal institutions in the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 87 of Chapter 127 of Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended to include “correspondence of, and telephone service for inmates”. The following subsections are hereby added:—

              The cost of local and long distance telephone service provided to prisoners in department of correction facilities and county houses of correction shall be the same as the rates charged for comparable residential telephone service.

                          (b) The department of correction and county houses of correction shall negotiate contracts for local and long distance telephone service on the basis of offering the lowest cost to users.            (c) The commonwealth, the department of correction, and the county houses of correction shall not accept commissions or revenues, nor receive any telephone services for their employees at below market rate cost from the provider(s) of prisoner telephone service.

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