Securus sued for ‘recording attorney-client jail calls, handing them to cops’ – months after settling similar lawsuit
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Jail phone telco Securus provided recordings of protected attorney-client conversations to cops and prosecutors, it is claimed, just three months after it settled a near-identical lawsuit.
The corporate giant controls all telecommunications between the outside world and prisoners in American jails that contract with it. It charges far above market rate, often more than 100 times, while doing so.
It has now been sued by three defense lawyers in Maine, who accuse the corporation of recording hundreds of conversations between them and their clients – something that is illegal in the US state. It then supplied those recordings to jail administrators and officers of the law, the attorneys allege.
Though police officers can request copies of convicts’ calls to investigate crimes, the cops aren’t supposed to get attorney-client-privileged conversations. In fact, these chats shouldn’t be recorded in the first place. Yet, it is claimed, Securus not only made and retained copies of these sensitive calls, it handed them to investigators and prosecutors.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
August 25, 2020 at 4:27 AM #351364Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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“Securus is owned by Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Platinum Equity.”
–from the wikipedia entry
—check out the HQ photo at the top of the link below: Versailles, anyone?
(you have to put the link together yourself cause tom sent a message that the link couldn’t be posted — awfully worried about their own security v. other people’s, these billionaires)
https:// tomgores dot com/ about-platinum-equity/
“Platinum Equity, LLC is an American private equity investment firm founded by Tom Gores in 1995. The firm focuses on leveraged buyout investments of established companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia… In 2010, it ranked #31 on Forbes’ Largest Private Companies list for 2010 and #1 on the 2010 Los Angeles Business Journal list of LA’s Largest Private Companies. The firm manages four private equity fund vehicles, Platinum Equity Capital Partners, Platinum Equity Capital Partners II, Platinum Equity Capital Partners III, and Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV, a $6.5 billion buyout fund…In 2019, Platinum Equity announced plans to reorganize the company as a more diverse technology company, and created Aventiv Technologies as Securus’ new corporate parent.”
“Tom Gores (born: Tewfiq Georgious, Arabic: توفيق جورجيوس; July 31, 1964) is an American businessman and investor. He is the founder of Platinum Equity, a private equity firm with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. On June 1, 2011, Gores and Platinum Equity became the owners of the National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons. He would later become sole owner of the team in 2015. Gores is also a billionaire with an estimated current net worth of $4.1 billion according to the 2019 Forbes 400 list.”
–from the respective wikipedia entries
“Aventiv Technologies is a diversified technology company that provides innovative solutions to customers in the corrections and government services sectors. Aventiv is the parent company to Securus Technologies and AllPaid, leading providers of innovative products and services…we are the leading provider of corrections technology solutions which remain the largest business in the Aventiv portfolio…”
“corrections technology solutions” = phone apps/payment apps
IOW, this company makes $$ by charging prisoners a/o their families excessive rates to call home, + charging fees when they pay for the calls, all for the privilege of using these proprietary apps. Which could probably be duplicated in essence by a college student.
IOW, this guy went from regular businessman to billionaire in a matter of years partly by stealing from the poor, stealing the widow’s mite iow. fuck him and his gauche versailles/dorian grey facade.
And I’d guess there’s some grift involved in them getting into the prisons (public/private grift) in the first place.
“The poor pay more”
in other news–seems to be a new grift for sports stars (andre aggassi, jalen rose) to open charter schools…with assist from billionaires…
August 25, 2020 at 5:32 AM #351423carrotguyBlocked
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next on “no shit sherlock”, kushner gets chastised for selling access to his family investors. “duh”
August 25, 2020 at 8:37 AM #351472Babel 17Participant
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And the scandal of what inmates families have to pay is a despicable one. We want prisoners to reform, and family contact is key to that. Prisoners who count on their privilege to talk to the outside world are among the better behaved inmates. People who call them are doing us all (and especially the staff of the prisons) a favor, and shouldn’t be penalized.
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