Exterior of the Androscoggin County Jail, including barbed wire at the top of a wall

Maine sheriffs adopt changes to prevent individual jails from recording confidential calls, but no statewide solution emerges

10 facilities recorded jailed defendants’ calls to attorneys, an investigation finds.

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