Cumberland County Sheriff to hire staffer to monitor inmate calls

Posted June 16, 2011, at 9:34 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine sheriff is going to hire a staff member to help monitor the telephone conversations of jailed inmates.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce says the conversations of inmates are recorded, but he hasn’t had enough staff so investigators could listen to them.

The Portland Press Herald says that despite clear warnings that jail phone conversations are recorded, inmates sometimes use the telephones to arrange for drugs to be smuggled into the jail, to contact and sometimes intimidate witnesses and to facilitate crimes on the outside.

Attorney calls are not recorded.

The new position will enable jail officials to bundle all calls made to a certain phone number onto a single CD for investigators. The job is expected to be filled by August.

 

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