The situation with the Clarke County Inmate Phone System is getting worse by the day, with info now showing ACC provider Securus Tech violating Attorney-Client privilege.
This past week The Intercept received an enormous cache of leaked phone records showing that Securus has, potentially, been violating multiple Constitutional protections, including the right to effective assistance of counsel and of access to the courts. Making this even worse, Securus saves this information (obviously in a vulnerable state) and then sells it to prisons, jails, and law enforcement agencies.
“This may be the most massive breach of the attorney-client privilege in modern U.S. history, and that’s certainly something to be concerned about,” said David Fathi, director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project. “A lot of prisoner rights are limited because of their conviction and incarceration, but their protection by the attorney-client privilege is not.”
The blanket recording of detainee phone calls is a fairly recent phenomenon, the official purpose of which is to protect individuals both inside and outside the nation’s prisons and jails. The Securus hack offers a rare look at this little-considered form of mass surveillance of people behind bars — and of their loved ones on the outside — raising questions about its scope and practicality, as well as its dangers.
It is unknown at this time how many of these violations may have occurred in Athens-Clarke County or the state of Georgia.
Athens for Everyone, again, asks Mayor Denson and the Clarke County Commission to take steps to exit the Securus contract and end the practice of taking commission “kickbacks”.
Backstory – Just months earlier:
This past September, Athens for Everyone President Tim Denson pleaded with the County Commission to not pass an Inmate Phone System contract with Securus Tech for the Clarke County Jail. A contract that will see $1.25 million dollars in revenue kickbacks to the Clarke County Government’s General Fund, earned mainly off of poor families of Athens-area inmates.
One month later, the FCC ruled these For-Profit prison companies were immorally operating and passed new sweeping regulations.by