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January-February 2019 , Page 14 

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NACDL News: NACDL Files Suit Demanding Records About Government's Monitoring of Emails Between Individuals in Federal Prisons and Their Attorneys

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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On Oct. 18, 2018, NACDL filed suit in federal court demanding that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and Department of Justice (DOJ) release records about their monitoring of the attorney-client communications of individuals in federal prisons as well as federal prosecutors’ use of those emails against those individuals in court.

“Denying individuals in federal prisons access to attorney-client privileged email makes absolutely no sense,” said NACDL President Drew Findling. “Clients in the federal prison system are often incarcerated far from where their attorneys are based. This means that, short of using traditional postal mail or scheduling an unmonitored call, either of which often takes weeks, counsel is forced to expend significant travel time to engage in the constitutionally protected, privileged communications to which our clients are entitled. And all because the federal government chooses to impose this burden on defense lawyers and our clients and to deny protection for th

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