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Watchdog: Stop recording inmate-attorney phone calls

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  • KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A watchdog group wants the sheriff’s office in New Orleans to stop recording inmates’ telephone conversations with their attorneys.

Court Watch Nola calls the practice a violation of attorney-client privilege.

The organization says in a report released Tuesday that the sheriff’s office agreed to allow unrecorded calls between inmates and attorneys on landlines, but not on cellphones.

The court also notes that municipal courtrooms and state criminal district courtrooms in New Orleans lack areas where inmates and attorneys can talk privately.

The report also says New Orleans courts sometimes fail to have interpreters available for defendants who don’t speak English. It says some municipal court defendants have been unconstitutionally arrested for failing to appear to pay a fine before the court determines their ability to pay.

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