Georgia: A nosy parent’s sanctuary

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


Taking a page from the “Pinochet Guide to Parenting,” Georgia passed a bill last week that allows parents to record their children’s phone conversations and e-mails if they suspect the kids are in danger or involved in criminal activity, APB NEWS reports.

The law was passed in response to the case of Kyle Bishop, who was charged with sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl after the girl’s parents recorded sexually explicit phone conversations between the two. Though initially convicted, Bishop had his case overturned on appeal, on the grounds that the tapes were not admissible as evidence. There is now debate over whether the new law can be applied retroactively to Bishop’s case.

“It’s a tool by which the parents are going to be given, at least, the availability of keeping some control of their children and knowing what their children are involved in,” said one district attorney. Such stealth tactics are evidently preferred over actual “parent-to-child conversation,” which should be used only as a last resort.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily bluster—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily bluster—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate