Texas county stops recording inmate-attorney phone calls

Recordings warn inmates and recipients of their calls that the conversations are recorded


By Harvey Rice
Houston Chronicle

GALVESTON, Texas — The Galveston County Sheriff' s Department hastily instituted a new policy recently when it was discovered that conversations between inmates and their attorneys had been recorded for at least a decade. Defense attorneys say the practice is common statewide.

Sheriff Freddie Poor said a complaint by a district judge led the department to begin programming the names of all the defense attorneys practicing in Galveston County into the jail's computerized phone system. Once a number is in the system, recording automatically halts when it is dialed, Poor said.

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