Securing Attorney-Client Privilege in Incarcerated Persons’ Emails

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Advocacy to help secure attorney-client privilege in emails sent between people incarcerated in federal jails and prisons, and their lawyers

Working with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the clinic is advocating to secure attorney-client privilege in emails sent between incarcerated persons and their legal teams. Centuries of common law protects the confidentiality of attorney-client communications, and the constitution guarantees legal representation for individuals accused of crimes. But the federal Bureau of Prisons insists that it can monitor emails sent between people in its custody and their lawyers. We have worked to change these policies in a number of ways, including publishing a policy report, filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, legislative advocacy, and other research.

Reports and White Papers

Dec 11, 2020

Preserving Incarcerated Persons’ Attorney-Client Privilege in the 21st Century

By National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic

Legal Filings