Abuse Suspects, Your Calls Are Taped. Speak Up. [telecom]

Abuse Suspects, Your Calls Are Taped. Speak Up.

By WILLIAM GLABERSON February 25, 2011

The men charged with beating, stabbing or burning their wives or girlfriends have plenty to say. Lately, their words have been used against them in New York courts as never before.

"I need you to prepare the kids to start lying," one man said to his girlfriend. He had been charged with burning her face with a hot iron as she knelt in view of their children.

Another cooed "baby" to the girlfriend he was charged with grabbing by the hair and scratching with keys. "Whatever you do," he directed, "do not speak to the D.A."

A third insisted to his brother that he was surprised at all the blood after he used a kitchen knife on the woman he had been with since they were teenagers. "I just stuck her like a little," he said.

Since last year, every prisoner telephone call at every New York City jail, except calls to doctors and lawyers, has been recorded. And prosecutors have been mining the trove in all kinds of cases - they asked for copies of the recordings 8,200 times last year, city officials said. But there is one area where the tapes are beginning to play a central role: cases of domestic violence.

The reason is simple. Once those accused in domestic violence crimes get on the jailhouse telephone, it turns out, many of them cannot seem to stop themselves from sweet-talking, confessing to, berating and threatening those on the other end of the line, more often than not the women they were charged with abusing.

The tapes overcome one of the biggest hurdles prosecutors face in such cases: that 75 percent of the time, the women who were victimized stop helping prosecutors, often after speaking to the men accused of abusing them.


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Monty Solomon
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Uh, Monty, instead of just using the headline on Subject, you might have clarified that there are no privacy implications. A prisoner in custody or jail has zero privacy. Telephone conversations have always been overheard.

***** Moderator's Note *****

I think the difference is digital recording technology. In the analog age, taping a prisoner's phone calls was expensive and time-consumer, and thus hard of prison budgets. Ergo, many cons knew that the chances of being recorded were actually fairly low.

Now, an entire PRI can be dumped to disk in near-real-time, and made available through the cloud to prosecuters tens or hundreds of miles away. It's not that prisoners are careless on the phone - by definition, they are careless people - it's that the recordings are finally being used.

Bill Horne Moderator

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Adam H. Kerman

And with the ability now to pick out key words via software, it becomes very cost-effective to process every call with a machine rather than require some human to review everything in real-time.

-- Regards, David.

David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.

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David Clayton

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