Posts Tagged ‘prison mail’
For two years, the Columbia County Jail north of Portland restricted inmates’ personal mail to the sending and receiving of postcards.
Ruling in Pennsylvania prisoner’s case, 3rd Circuit says inmates must show a pattern of interference with the mail in order to prove a First Amendment violation.
Federal judge rejects Daniel Klimas’ free-speech claim that corrections officials’ actions constituted an ‘exaggerated response’ to security concerns.
Inmate’s letter to newspaper draws suspicion of gang activity, but court finds no such evidence in ruling for the inmate.
Prison policies to promote inmate safety and rehabilitation are legitimate, but censoring books irrationally and inconsistently isn’t.
Court issues preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of rules, saying limits likely violate the First Amendment.
Prison Legal News editors contend that this is the largest-ever settlement for such a case.
Decision in Missouri follows a recent trend in the federal courts upholding such policies in other states’ prisons.
11th Circuit panel follows Supreme Court standard that says prisons can restrict inmate expression if doing so is reasonably related to legitimate reasons, such as safety.
Federal decision says outgoing prisoner mail enjoys more First Amendment protection than incoming.
Panel rules officials can refuse delivery of newsletters criticizing the prison system because they believed certain articles posed a threat.