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Cellphones from Alabama Inmates Find New Use
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Cellphones confiscated from Alabama prison inmates are being used to prevent domestic abuse. The governor's office says first lady Dianne Bentley will be in Birmingham on Thursday to donate more than 4,000 unused cellphones to HopeLine from Verizon. The first lady has been collecting unused cellphones for the program since 2012. The largest source is the state Department of Corrections, which seizes the phones from inmates. The department used to dispose of them before providing them for HopeLine. The program collects unused cellphones and accessories. Then it recycles or sells them, with the phones and the proceeds benefiting domestic violence victims and shelters.


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