Prison magazine sues Va., alleges censorship

Virginia prison officials have unconstitutionally restricted inmates from receiving a magazine that reports on prisoner rights and criminal justice issues, the publication claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Prison Legal News filed the lawsuit against Gene M. Johnson, director of the state Department of Corrections, and other prison officials and employees in federal court in Charlottesville.

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they object to the centerfold

"Inmate #665301 enjoys reading, watching Lost, long showers."

can you really force *any* institution to accept a publication? I thought one of the reasons for it was to limit access to the outside... silly me. I thought these were the bad guys.

Really?!

"The magazine is seeking a court order allowing the publication in Virginia prisons along with unspecified 'nominal' monetary damages."

Wow. This sounds absolutely ridiculous.

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