Prison phone service leaks info on millions of prisoners

Prison phone service leaks info on millions of prisoners

The US mass-incarceration system is brutal on too many levels: unaddressed harassment and punishment by guards, inadequate medical care, the rapid spread of COVID-19, and so much more. Prisoners can be released with debt that they have to pay for “services” rendered while their freedom was taken from them, or might have to work jobs where they make pennies an hour.

Prison systems use communications as another level of oppression. Communication with family, friends and the outside world should not be a privilege, and it should not cost people money. It should not be monitored, either.

Now, we’ve learned via Comparitech that prison phone service Telmate has exposed a database of millions of prisoners and the people they’ve spoken to. If you’ve used the app GettingOut your information is likely in this leak. It’s not clear at this point if anyone accessed the database.

Privacy rights should extend to all – including those taken from our communities from the state!