Anything You Say on the Prison Phone Can and Will Be Used Against You

Perhaps the Miranda warnings need a little update. New York City might’ve made phone calls from its jails free, but you’ll want to watch what you say when you’re on the line. The state’s highest court ruled last week that not only can those calls from jail be recorded, but evidence gleaned from those conversations …

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Morning Docket: 01.30.19

* What do Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, and Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino all have in common? They may soon be inmates together at FCI Otisville, one of America’s “cushiest” prisons. Oooh, looks like we’ve got a situation! [INSIDER]

* “New York State’s campaign finance system is generally a scandal, and this is another example of it.” Disgraced former New York AG Eric Schneiderman used campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation into allegations of his physical abusiveness, and people are pissed. [Associated Press]

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How Long in Solitary Confinement Is Too Long?

We’ve all heard about solitary confinement, where prisoners are kept in cells alone, with little or no human interaction. The practice — sometimes used as punishment, or to keep the prisoner or other inmates and guards safe — has come under additional scrutiny lately, however, as tales of abuse or exceedingly long stretches in solitary …

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Sextortion Scam by Prison Inmates Targets Military Servicemembers

Sextortion scams come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the victims are teens, sometimes women. Sometimes the perpetrators are hackers, other times its pedophiles. And then you have a couple hundred South Carolina prison inmates targeting over 400 active military personnel and fleecing them of half a million dollars. So how did the scam work? …

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Everything You Need to Know About Holiday Crime

The holiday season always approaches fast. First Thanksgiving. Then Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. And then right on into New Year’s Eve and Day. A time for celebration, sure. But a time for crime as well. There a natural spike in crime around the holidays, from the intentional — targeting vacant homes and overstuffed businesses — …

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