By Associated Press - Friday, March 20, 2015

YORK, Neb. (AP) - The York County Sheriff’s Department has denied allegations that local jail staffers have been eavesdropping on phone conversations between inmates and their attorneys.

In a warning letter sent Thursday to police, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska’s legal director Amy Miller said her office has received complaints from attorneys and detainees who are concerned that the department is monitoring their phone conversations. Miller requested the department review procedures to ensure the staff understands those calls and visits are confidential.

York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff denies that his department has ever listened to exchanges between inmates and attorneys.

“We absolutely do not listen to client/attorney phone calls,” Sheriff Radcliff said to the York News-Times. “That is simply not happening, never has. That would be crazy and we absolutely, positively know better. That is simply not the case - we know client/attorney conversations are private and would never, ever listen to them.”

The sheriff has turned the letter over to the county attorney’s office.

County Attorney Candace Dick, who also denied any eavesdropping to the Lincoln Journal Star, said she would investigate any specific allegations that Miller informs her of.

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