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Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Kickback publication • May 31, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Texas Rates May 2017
Video Visitation Companies Try to Stop In-Person Visitation at Texas Jails by Matthew Clarke In one of the latest attempts to squeeze money out of those least able to afford it, companies that specialize in providing phone and video visitation services to prisoners in Texas jails on a local monopolistic ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Securus Settles Lawsuit Alleging Improper Recording of Privileged Prisoner Calls by by Jordan Smith, The Intercept Attorneys and advocates for people incarcerated in local jails in Austin, Texas have settled a federal lawsuit against telecommunications company Securus Technologies, with an agreement ostensibly designed to ensure that privileged legal communications between defense ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Texas Legislature Authorizes Doubling of Prisoners' Monthly Phone Minutes by Matthew Clarke In 2007, when Texas became the last state in the union to allow prisoner phone calls, the limit on phone usage was 120 minutes a month. In 2009, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) responded to requests ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Texas Guards and Prisoners Rarely Prosecuted for Contraband Cellphones by Matthew Clarke According to an investigation conducted by the Texas Tribune, guards and prisoners are rarely prosecuted for the contraband cell phones found within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The investigation discovered that only 5% of the cellphone ...
Brief • July 7, 2016
Filed under: Telephone Monitoring
Austin Lawyers Guild et al v. Securus et al, TX, Amended Complaint, illegal telephone recording, 2014 Case 1:14-cv-00366-LY Document 25 Filed 07/23/14 Page 1 of 13 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DIVISION AUSTIN LAWYERS GUILD; CARL GOSSETT, DAVID GRASSBAUGH, MARK SAMPSON, and FRANCIS WILLIAMS, for themselves ...
Kickback publication • July 6, 2016
Filed under: Telephone Rates
TX DOC ICS Rates effective July 2016 Home Registration Attorney Info Rates Telephone Account Refund FAQs Contact Us About Us En Espanol Calling Programs, Rates, & Fees Calling Programs Several different calling programs are available: Direct-Collect Billed – You accept the call charges when the offender calls you. You will ...
Publication • June 28, 2016
FCC Fee Reduction Adjustments - Grayson County, Securus, 2016 FCC Fee Reduction Adjustments Grayson County Agenda 1. Review of FCC Order which was partially stayed 2. Explanation of revenue and commission structure and rebalance proposal 3. Review of Grayson Counties current Transactions, Commissions and Proposed Options 4. Next Steps; Commissioners ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Austin Lawyers Guild et al v. Securus and Travis Co, TX, Settlement Agreement - Lehmberg, illegal telephone recording, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DMSION AUSTIN LAWYERS GUILD; CARL GOSSETT, DAVID GRASSBAUGH, MARK. SAMPSON, and FRANCIS WILLIAMS, for themselves and those similarly ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Austin Lawyers Guild et al v. Securus et al, TX, Report and Recommendation, illegal telephone recording, 2015 Case 1:14-cv-00366-LY Document 52 Filed 02/04/15 Page 1 of 36 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DIVISION AUSTIN LAWYERS GUILD, CARL GOSSETT, DAVID GRASSBAUGH, MARK SAMPSON, ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Austin Lawyers Guild et al v. Securus and Travis Co, TX, Settlement Agreement - Escamilla, illegal telephone recording, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DNISION AUSTIN LAWYERS GUILD; CARL GOSSETT, DAVID GRASSBAUGH, MARK SAMPSON, and FRANCIS WILLIAMS, for themselves and those similarly ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
ALG et al v. Securus and Travis Co, TX, Settlement Agreement, telephone rates, 2016
Brief • June 6, 2016
Austin Lawyers Guild et al v. Securus, TX, Order, illegal telephone recording, 2015 Case 1:14-cv-00366-LY Document 62 Filed 03/23/15 Page 1 of 3 J4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS 2015HAR23 -fl P11 AUSTIN DIVISION AUSTIN LAWYERS GUILD, CARL GOSSETT, DAVID GRASSBAUGH, MARK SAMPSON, ...
Article • January 7, 2016
Filed under: Telephone Monitoring
Texas Begins Intercepting and Blocking Cell Phone Calls from Prisons by Matthew Clarke By Matt Clarke In April 2013, Texas began intercepting cell phone calls originating in two of its largest prisons. The equipment installed at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont and the McConnell Unit in Beeville is intended to ...
Article • October 10, 2014 • from PLN October, 2014
Filed under: Telephone Rates, Visiting
Jail Video Visitation Proposal Considered in Dallas County, Texas by Jail Video Visitation Proposal Considered in Dallas County, Texa On September 9, 2014, the Dallas County Commissioners Court unanimously rejected a proposal that would have ended all face-to-face visits with prisoners at the Dallas County Jail. The Commissioners Court had ...
Article • September 15, 2012 • from PLN September, 2012
Texas Court Orders TDCJ to Provide Hearing Impaired Telecommunications by On April 5, 2011, a Texas state court issued a temporary injunction ordering the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to provide telecommunications to hearing impaired prisoners using the Texas Relay Service (TRS). Leslie Arrington, Janet Lock, Kathy Williams and ...
Article • July 15, 2012 • from PLN July, 2012
Texas Prison System Increases Prisoners’ Monthly Phone Minutes by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In 2007, when Texas became the last state in the nation to let prisoners make phone calls on a regular basis, the limit on phone usage was 120 minutes a month. [See: PLN, Nov. 2007, p.11]. ...
Article • August 15, 2011 • from PLN August, 2011
Texas Prison Phones and Emails Generate Less Revenue Than Expected by When the Texas legislature passed SB 1580 in 2007, requiring the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to install phones in state prisons, Texas was the only state that did not allow prisoners to make regular phone calls. Even ...
Article • February 15, 2011 • from PLN February, 2011
New Epidemic: Contraband Cell Phones in Prison Cells by Mark Wilson For decades, prison officials across the U.S. have lined their pockets with multi-million dollar kickbacks from telephone companies that are awarded lucrative prisoner phone service contracts. In doing so, they unwittingly created an “epidemic” that they are now desperately ...
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