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Hi, I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition. I recently have been doing a lot of research on my brothers Raymond Benavidez (JR) case. I happened to come across a website that contained information on how families are affected when they have a loved one who is incarcerated. The website stated that each year families who have a loved one who is incarcerated spend millions of dollars to keep in contact with their loved ones through telephone. The state is making it harder and harder each year by allowing outside phone companies to jack up the prices on inmate phone calls. The approximate dollar amount for a 30 minute call is $10.00-$20.00. They do not realize nor take the time to investigate that they are affecting many people that have a loved one incarcerated. Parents struggle on a daily basis to provide for their children such as food, daycare, medical, dental and other important financial expenses to survive in this so called life Each year we loose thousands of children to the streets, gangs and drugs. Thus, continuing the cycle of a child who is fatherless and or motherless. I believe that the state and others play a huge role on loosing children to the streets. Families deserve the right to stay in contact with their loved one who is incarcerated as well as inmates with their families. I have seen and believe that inmates can be rehabilitated but how can they learn to become a productive member of society if they continue to make it harder for them to communicate with the outside Innocent children should not be held accountable for their parents actions regardless if the inmate is innocent or guilty. I am asking that you please in honor of my brother Raymond and other inmates sign this petition in hopes to crack down on the over priced inmate phone calls. It\'s free and takes less than a minute of your time. Thank you and please forward this on. Sincerely, Julie Barrios


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