The Illinois Department of Correction’s phone contractor, Securus, has faced allegations besides price gouging. In March, Securus settled a federal lawsuit filed in 2014, alleging the company illegally recorded confidential calls between inmates and attorneys. The lawsuit claimed those recordings were then disclosed to prosecutors. An attorney for Securus could not be reached for comment.
The Intercept, an online news website, in 2015 received a cache of 70 million call recordings leaked from Securus’ database. Around 57,000 of the recordings were of inmates and their attorneys, according to the website. The leak occurred after the Texas lawsuit was filed.
In 2014, an official in the Alaska Department of Corrections disclosed that an unknown number of attorney-client calls were recorded by Securus, although the official portrayed the recordings as accidental.