Attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of the justice system. Inmates in federal prisons, who currently use a monitored email system to communicate with their attorneys, are not afforded this important protection. Reconfiguring the Bureau of Prisons email system to shield emails from monitoring would protect an ever-more important means of communication between attorneys and their clients in federal detention.
The Bureau of Prisons email system was never meant to be, and has never pretended to be, confidential. Both attorneys and clients understand this fact and are capable of conducting themselves accordingly. In cases where confidentiality is necessary, phone calls, in-person visits and mail are all available.