Challenge to Catalog Ban Mooted by Grievance Relief; Mail Watch Okay
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The plaintiff was found with letters detailing an escape plan and convicted of disciplinary charges. Prison officials instituted a mail watch. This action was fully justified by security concerns. Failure to follow defendants' internal directive did not violate the Constitution. The refusal to permit catalogs was moot, since the plaintiff had prevailed in grievances challenging these denials. A Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Abstract record of a corrections officer was properly deemed contraband and intercepted because of the need to keep officers' addresses from prisoners. See: DiRose v. McClennan, 26 F.Supp.2d 550 (W.D.N.Y. 1998).