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Article • April 24, 2017
Sentenced to Shut Up: To Protect Free Expression, Curb Prison Censorship by David M. Shapiro By David M. Shapiro, Truthout If Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" were written in 2017, the missive might not have made it out of the jail and into history. Today, too many American prisons ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
PLN Files Censorship Suit Against Cook County, Illinois by On June 30, 2016, Prison Legal News filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and Cook County jail officials, alleging they unconstitutionally censored PLN’s monthly publication and books mailed to prisoners at the jail. ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Filed under: PLN Litigation, Censorship
$155,000 Settlement in Lawsuit Over California Jail’s Censorship of PLN by Matthew Clarke by Matthew Clarke On July 5, 2016, a California federal district court signed off on a consent judgment in a suit filed against Tulare County, California over censorship of Prison Legal News at the county’s jail. To ...
Article • April 1, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright This month’s cover story, an interview with former CIA officer John Kiriakou, is part of our ongoing series of interviews with interesting people who have experience with the U.S. criminal justice system. The interview with John is around 8,000 words. A ...
Article • March 31, 2017
Filed under: Censorship, First Amendment
What If MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Had Been a Facebook Post? by Dave Maass by Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” is considered by many civil-rights historians to be one of the seminal writings of the era, on par with King’s “I ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Imprisoned Author Denied Access to His Own Published Writing by In order to survive being subjected to nearly three decades of solitary confinement, William “Billy” Blake turned to reading and, more importantly, writing. “A Sentence Worse than Death” is an essay Blake wrote for inclusion in an anthology of narratives ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
United Kingdom: Prison Book Ban Overturned by Derek Gilna A writ filed by Barbara Gordon-Jones, a prisoner at HM Prison Send in Surrey, southwest of London, resulted in the reversal of a policy instituted by the British government that effectively prevented prisoners from receiving books from friends and family members. ...
Wisconsin Jail Policies Unconstitutional But Not Enjoined by Mark Wilson A Wisconsin federal court held that a jail's disciplinary, mail, and publication rules were unconstitutional. The court declined to enjoin those practices, however, essentially rendering its holding a mere advisory opinion. On September 29, 1970 pretrial detainees of the Milwaukee ...
Article • August 23, 2016
PLN Invalidates Oregon Jail's Postcard-Only Policy; Magazine Ban and Rejection by On April 24, 2013, an Oregon federal court granted Prison Legal News (PLN) an injunction, permanently enjoining an Oregon jail's postcard-only policy. It also declared that jail magazine ban and rejection notice and appeal policies violated the First and ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Maryland Ban on Prisoner's Book Rescinded by Brandon Sample The Maryland Department of Corrections (MDOC) has rescinded its ban on "The Marshall Plan: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther," a book written by Marshall "Eddie" Conway, a Maryland prisoner. Acting MDOC warden Wayne Webb banned Conway's book ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Fifth Circuit: Louisiana Prisons Can't Ban Nation of Islam Newspaper by In 2005, Louisiana prison officials instituted a statewide ban on "The Final Call, a newspaper published by the Nation of Islam. The ban was based solely on the content of a statement of beliefs called "The Muslim Program" located ...
Article • August 4, 2016
After Botched Execution Oklahoma Restricts Media Access by Mark Wilson In the wake of a botched execution, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections adopted new rules on September 30, 2014, severely limiting media access to executions. Media representatives and other observers waited in a viewing room, to witness the April 29, ...
Article • August 3, 2016
“Jail Mail:” United Kingdom’s Newest Prison System Newspaper by Derek Gilna Prisoners in United Kingdom (UK) correctional facilities have yet another newspaper to help pass the time.  “Jail Mail” is the third national newspaper in the British prison system, along with “Inside Time,” and “Converse,” and will have a print ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, co-founded by the Human Rights Defense Center, has led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to curb some of the more egregious abuses of the prison telecom industry. It has also helped focus increased attention from all sources, including ...
Article • July 28, 2016
$23,770 Settlement for Sheriff’s Censorship of Facebook Comments by The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office (SDCSO) paid $23,770 to settle a lawsuit alleging it violated a man’s First Amendment rights by deleting his comments on SDCSO’s Facebook page. Dimitrius Karras posted comments asking Sheriff William D Gore, “Do you plead ...
Petitions of Salih et al, MD, Pet Joint Reply to Memo, DOC ban on media interviews with prisoners, 2013.pdf PETITION OF * ROBERT MORGAN,# 273-810 * CIRCUIT COURT FOR FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE DECISION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES * ANNE ARUNDEL ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Hook et al v. State of Arizona et al, AZ, Judgment, DOC mail regulations censorship, 1973 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 3 EVAN ARTHUR HOOK, e t 4 al., ) Plaintiffs-Petitioners, ) 5 ) CIV-73-97 PHX-CAM ) JUDGMENT 6 STATE OF ARIZONA, ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Koger v. Dart et al, IL, Complaint, jail mail censorship newspapers, 2013 Case: 1:13-cv-07150 Document #: 1 Filed: 10/04/13 Page 1 of 5 PageID #:1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION GREGORY KOGER, Plaintiff, v. THOMAS J. DART, SHERIFF OF COOK COUNTY; ...
Brief • July 14, 2016
Jewell v. Gonzales, PA, Order, Bop R Rated Movie Ban, 2006 Case 1:97-cv-00408-SJM-SPB Document 80 Filed 03/17/2006 Page 1 of 55 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA RICHARD JEWELL, et al., Plaintiffs, v. ALBERTO R. GONZALES, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ...
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