Prison contractor suspected of violating attorney-client privilege serves dozens of Wisconsin state, local lockups
Securus, a prison and jail phone service provider under scrutiny for large-scale violations of attorney-client privilege, is a major player in the Wisconsin corrections industry, according to the firm's own website.
The Dallas-based firm was the target of a hack that revealed the records of more than 70 million phone calls, according to The Intercept, the website that broke the story.
"Particularly notable within the vast trove of phone records are what appear to be at least 14,000 recorded conversations between inmates and attorneys, a strong indication that at least some of the recordings are likely confidential and privileged legal communications — calls that never should have been recorded in the first place," The Intercept reported.
It quoted David Fathi, director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project: “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.”
Securus' list of Wisconsin clients is extensive and includes about 80 jails, sheriff's departments, and state prisons and correctional facilities. The full list is available here.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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