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Virginia Beach Sheriff defends censorship of PLN at his jail

Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-be...
Virginia Beach Sheriff defends censorship of PLN at his jail - Washington Post 2013

Virginia Beach sheriff defends refusal to allow inmates to receive some issues of publication

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 2, 2:16 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle is defending his department’s refusal to allow some issues of a monthly publication into the local jail.

Prison Legal News filed a lawsuit against Stolle and 10 of his employees earlier this week. It said at least 67 magazines or informational brochure packets mailed to prisoners in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center were returned. The publication, which reports on prisoner rights and criminal justice matters, claims the censorship violates its free-speech and due process rights.

Stolle said Thursday that the returned issues contained ads violating the jail’s policy against sexually explicit materials. He said ads promoting pen pal services and racy photos pictured nude models with stars covering their “private parts.” He also says the publication failed to pursue administrative appeals before suing.


 


 

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