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WVC 31 - 20 - 5 E §31-20-5e. Monitoring of inmate telephone calls; procedures and restrictions; attorney-client privilege protected and exempted.
The executive director or his or her designee is authorized to monitor, intercept, record and disclose telephone calls to or from inmates housed in regional jails in accordance with the following provisions:

(1) All inmates housed in regional jails shall be notified in writing that their telephone conversations may be monitored, intercepted, recorded and disclosed;

(2) Only the executive director and his or her designee shall have access to recordings of inmates' telephone calls unless disclosed pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection;

(3) Notice shall be prominently placed on or immediately near every telephone that may be monitored;

(4) The contents of inmates' telephone calls may be disclosed to the appropriate law-enforcement agency only if the disclosure is:

(A) Necessary to safeguard the orderly operation of the regional jails;

(B) Necessary for the investigation of a crime;

(C) Necessary for the prevention of a crime;

(D) Necessary for the prosecution of a crime;

(E) Required by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or

(F) Necessary to protect persons from physical harm or the threat of physical harm;

(5) Recordings of telephone calls may be destroyed after twelve months unless further retention is required for disclosure pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection or, in the discretion of the executive secretary, for other good cause; and

(6) To safeguard the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, an adequate number of telephone lines that are not monitored shall be made available for telephone calls between inmates and their attorneys. Such calls shall not be monitored, intercepted, recorded or disclosed in any matter.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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