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Prison phone giant Securus sues Florida Department of Corrections for awarding a contact to a competitor

Prison phone giant Securus sues Florida Department of Corrections for awarding a contact to a competitor

One of the largest providers of prison phone services in the United States is suing the Florida Department of Corrections for violating the procurement process in awarding a contract for inmate communications services to a competitor.

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Bristol County is being sued for its prison phone costs

Bristol County is being sued for its prison phone costs

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Department is on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed last week alleging improper billing practices that have doubled inmates’ phone bills.

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Help MuckRock investigate prison phone contracts in your state

Help MuckRock investigate prison phone contracts in your state

Throughout the country, prisons and jails of all sizes face an ongoing battle against the dangers of staffing shortages and contraband. Let MuckRock know you want us to look in your state for the financial incentives involved.

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FBI file indicates the Bureau had better information sharing with phone companies than with the White House

FBI file indicates the Bureau had better information sharing with phone companies than with the White House

A FOIA release of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s file on counter-surveillance includes an entry describing the White House’s 1954 report that their phones had been tapped. According to the file, the FBI and the phone companies shared more information with each other than with the White House - and they wanted to keep it that way in order to protect the phone company’s reputation and the FBI’s methods.

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FBI file shows just how easy it was for governments to listen in each other's phone calls in the '50s

FBI file shows just how easy it was for governments to listen in each other’s phone calls in the ‘50s

A heavily redacted section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s file on Technical Security Surveys shows just how easy it was for embassies to tap government phones in the mid-’50s. After discovering that the French were listening in on the White House, the FBI to uncovered dozens of phone lines belonging to the governments of American allies that were vulnerable to Communist governments. While securing these lines, a phone tap on the Soviet United Nations delegation had to be pulled - leaving the Bureau with no choice but to go through the Italian embassy.

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