The UK prison system is currently in a state of crisis.
Prisons such as HMP Wandsworth, Swansea and Leeds are dangerously overcrowded, government cuts mean that less is spent on rehabilitation, and unsurprisingly, rates of re-offending are on the rise.
The Prison Phone Story
A few years ago, we spoke to an inmate called Marcus. Like many prisoners, he felt isolated from his family and frustrated because he couldn’t call them easily, due to the prohibitively expensive costs of calling a mobile from the prison phone.
The weekly allowance that inmates receive is meagre. Sometimes, just one call to a mobile can take up close to a third of the allowance, leaving the prisoner with precious little else to spend on essentials such as toiletries, snacks or stamps to write letters home.
His story affected us. Why should prisoners be unable to contact their family? What possible advantage could this offer? As far as we could see, limiting contact with loved ones only served to make the inmate feel more alone, and less likely to want to focus positively on rehabilitation.
Finding the Solution
Marcus, and others like him, inspired us to form Prison Phone. We believe that all inmates should be able to enjoy easy access to their loved ones. We believe that they should be able to talk to their children, to tell their partners that they love and miss them, and to have a chat with their parents when they need some emotional support.
True, they’ve committed a crime, for which they’re serving their time. But in order to make the situation better, we think it’s important to support inmates on their path to rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. This is the only way to bring about positive change.
In addition to supplying cheap tariffs for inmates, enabling them to easily call their family at a fraction of the cost, we’re passionate supporters of prison reform. We’re not just a money-making venture, we care about what we do. You can keep up to date on current topics affecting the prison system by following our blog.