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The ACLU has been forced to sue the Berkeley County jail in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to end the prison’s blatantly illegal policy that bans all reading material … except for the Bible. Inmates are allowed to have softback Bibles, but only if they are sent directly from the publisher. They can’t have Qur’ans, or even Prison Legal News, which carries articles about prisoner rights and legal news. And I’m sure you can imagine what the prison warden would say if a prisoner wanted access to a computer so he could check on what’s going down at MadMikesAmerica.
From the ACLU
Filed on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly journal on prison law distributed across the nation to prisoners, attorneys, judges, law libraries and other subscribers, the lawsuit charges that jail officials violate the rights of Prison Legal News under the speech, establishment and due process clauses of the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution by refusing to deliver copies of the journal and other magazines and books to detainees.
“This is nothing less than unjustified censorship,” said David Shapiro, staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project. “There is no legitimate justification for denying detainees access to periodicals and, in the process, shutting them off from the outside world in draconian ways.”
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