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Short Update: US prisons monitor detainees' phone calls for mentions of “coronavirus”

FairTrialsAdmin - April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Surveillance

It has been reported that US prison officials in at least three states are using software to scan inmate calls for mentions of the coronavirus, a move advocacy groups believe paves the way for abuse while raising stark questions about carceral health care. It is not immediately clear how monitoring conversations about COVID-19 can prevent incarcerated people from becoming infected with it. The single safest way to safeguard the health of the incarcerated, public health experts agree, is to release as many of them as possible and drastically reduce density in correctional facilities.  

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