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Phone call rates squeeze inmate families, boost state prison revenues

Phone call rates squeeze inmate families, boost state prison revenues

Prison rights advocates say the calling costs inmate family members face are the result of contracts between phone providers and prison systems that give phone service monopolies to providers while providing an additional revenue stream to prisons. Arizona has the fifth-highest 15-minute call cost in the country, according to the advocacy group Prison Phone Justice.

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Ducey orders agency to allow gays to foster, adopt children (access required)

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Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the Department of Child Safety to allow married same-sex couples to jointly house foster children and adopt. Ducey ordered the policy change in response to an Arizona Capitol Times report that DCS had quietly reversed a policy that had allowed married same-sex couples to jointly adopt or provide foster care.

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