Posts Tagged ‘prison rules’
Patrick Portley-El says his rights were violated when state prison officials prevented him from observing the Muslim holiday.
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.
Panel cites 2011 ruling in determining that Nevada’s policy is reasonably related to prison-safety concerns.
Federal judge finds that even if state officials had asserted a compelling government interest, they didn’t prove the ban was the least-restrictive means of furthering that interest.
Federal judge rejects Daniel Klimas’ free-speech claim that corrections officials’ actions constituted an ‘exaggerated response’ to security concerns.
Trial starts today in lawsuit claiming prison officials are violating John Walker Lindh’s religious rights by preventing inmates from praying together daily.
Federal judge concludes that prisons have ‘a legitimate purpose in restricting prisoners from owning books containing drug-related information, even for health purposes.’
Federal magistrate says California prisoner failed to show how having a nonwhite cellmate burdens the practice of his religion under the First Amendment.
Prison policies to promote inmate safety and rehabilitation are legitimate, but censoring books irrationally and inconsistently isn’t.
4th Circuit panel says prison failed to explain why a Muslim prisoner’s 1/8-inch beard worn for religious reasons would pose a problem.
Appeals court avoids First Amendment issue, falling back on granting qualified immunity to Oregon prison officials.
California case involving book by famous inmate George L. Jackson is another in a long line of rulings that unnecessarily restrict prisoners’ First Amendment rights.
In cases from Arkansas and California, courts rule that the First Amendment doesn’t require prisons to provide telephone service.
Man challenged policy, which allows inmates to have only approved music and faith-based spoken-word CDs, after he was prevented from giving an inmate a disc by writer Dylan Thomas.
Prison Legal News editors contend that this is the largest-ever settlement for such a case.