Request for Missouri Department of Correction Records of Inmate Phone Calls

On November 11, 2015, the online publisher The Intercept announced it had received what appears to be at least 50,000 attorney-client recorded conversations between inmates and their lawyers in Missouri. And worse, it appears that not only are confidential communications between lawyers and detainees being recorded, but also that the recordings are being accessed and listened to and are turning up in the prosecution’s discovery files in individual criminal cases. The Missouri Department of Corrections has estimated the fees and costs to provide all the requested records exceeds $36,000. In an attempt to narrow the request, the DOC has agreed to provide 2,800 emails at a cost of $825.