[quote=“ClassicalTeacher, post:8, topic:38569”]
I have a cheap, Tracfone that I never turn on unless I’m going to use it.
[/quote]Tracfones ARE a prepaid method.
For about $20 bucks, you get 90 minutes and 90 days of service. 90 minutes is more than enough to make an emergency phone call for anyone disabled or medically traumatized. The only thing you have to do to keep the service active is buy a $20 dollar card every three months (and your minutes accumulate for any you haven’t used.)
I have a Tracfone for road emergencies, especially since I’m severely physically disabled and can’t even change a flat tire. (Which I recently had, and used the Tracfone to call for “Roadside Assistance” . . . which came in 15 minutes and saved by behind . . . so it worked for it’s intended purpose.)
So, how 'bout this California? Get your indigents Tracfones (a little less than $20 bucks at ANY convenience or food store . . . like WalMart for example), a $20 dollar card every three months, and be done with it. California can either pay the tab directly, or just flat out give the money, FOR THAT STATED PURPOSE, to its indigents. (If the money is given to the indigents, and they DON’T use it for the stated purpose . . . well, no Tracfone then and no cell calls is the penalty.)
If fraud occurs (and I’m sure some slick scammers can figure out a way to do it with this system), then at worst, California is on the hook for $20 bucks every three months per scamming indigent. . . a cost I would fairly guess is a LOT less than the proposed system.