- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 33. Probation, Prisons, and Prisoners
- Chapter 30. Prison Facilities and Prisoners
- Section 231. Telephone Access and Monitoring Inside Correctional Institutions.
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AS 33.30.231. Telephone Access and Monitoring Inside Correctional Institutions.
- (a) A prisoner shall have reasonable access to a telephone except when access is suspended as punishment for conviction
of a rule infraction or pending a hearing for a rule infraction involving telephone abuse. A suspension under this
subsection must be reasonable in length and may not prohibit telephone communication between the prisoner and an
attorney or between the prisoner and the office of the ombudsman.
- (b) [Repealed, Sec. 3 ch 56 SLA 1990].
- (c) Notwithstanding AS 42.20.300
and 42.20.310, in order to preserve the security and
orderly administration of the correctional facility and to protect the public, the commissioner shall monitor or record
the telephone conversations of prisoners. The commissioner shall post a warning by each telephone informing prisoners
that calls may be monitored or recorded. The monitoring or recording may be conducted on all calls or selectively or in
some other limited manner as determined by the commissioner to be appropriate. A recording of a telephone call made
under this subsection shall be kept confidential, and access to the recording and its contents is limited to persons
who are acting within the scope of their official duties and whose access to specific recordings has been authorized by
the facility superintendent. A telephone call between an attorney and a prisoner or between the office of the ombudsman
and a prisoner may not be monitored or recorded except when authorized by a court.
- (d) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, the department may contract under AS 36.30 for telephone services for use by a prisoner.
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