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Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Article • April 15, 2013
Washington Photo Confiscation/Destruction Not Negligent by The Washington State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's dismissal of a prisoner's negligence claim for the confiscation and destruction of family photographs. Kurt Engle was convicted of raping and molesting his minor daughter and son. The trial court ordered that Engle was ...
Article • April 15, 2013
Wisconsin Appeals Court Orders Photos Delivered to Prisoner by Michael Rigby On July 22, 2010, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, held that three prison employees – sued over their involvement in withholding pictures deemed pornographic by Department of Corrections policy – were entitled to qualified immunity. The court ...
Article • September 15, 2011
Filed under: Mail, Photos, Mail Regulations
Seventh Circuit: Wisconsin DOC Mail Ban On Commercially Published Photos Of Celebrities Upheld by John Dannenberg by John E. Dannenberg The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WDOC) policy that bans prisoners from receiving in the mail commercially published photographs of “celebrity figures, movie ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Ninth Circuit Invalidates Sexually Explicit Photograph/Publication Ban by In 1982, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a Montana prison rule prohibiting nude photographs was too broad and that less restrictive alternatives existed. The court also held that a ban on sexually explicit magazines such as Hustler violated the ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Seventh Circuit Upholds BOP Nude Photograph Ban by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal prisoner's challenge to the rejection of personal photographs of nude and seminude female acquaintances. The rule in question prohibited personal photographs but allowed photographs published for commercial use. The court held "that the ...
Article • May 15, 2007
No Right to Personal Nude Photos by The court of appeals for the Second circuit held that New York prisoners have no right to receive personal nude photos. There is a circuit split on this issue. This ruling (and prison policy) does not apply to commercial nude photos or pornography. ...
Nude Photo Publication Rejection by Florida Jail Upheld by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a Florida District Court's grant of summary judgment to officials at the Palm Beach County Detention Center in a prisoner's suit alleging the officials unconstitutionally deprived him of access to various publications. The ...
Article • October 15, 2005 • from PLN October, 2005
Pennsylvania Control Unit Newspaper, Magazine and Photo Ban Invalidated; Supreme Court Grants Review by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's decision upholding a Pennsylvania prison policy prohibiting a class of segregated prisoners from possessing newspapers, magazines and photographs. The U.S. supreme court granted review in the ...
Article • April 15, 2002 • from PLN April, 2002
No Immunity for Photo Limit by The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in a per curium opinion, held that Arkansas prison officials were not entitled to qualified immunity for promulgating a policy that allows prisoners to retain only five photographs in their cells. Len Davis, a federal prisoner ...
PLN Writer Settles Nude Photo Suit for $3,000 by On June 2, 1998, a Florida prisoner and Assistant Attorney General struck a settlement deal in the midst of a federal trial. The prisoner regained possession of two nude photos confiscated by DOC officials in 1993 and received approximately $3,000 in ...