prison denied inmates books Arizona
Reported by: Associated Press
Last Update: 9/03 7:42 am
Prison Legal News, nonprofit criminal-justice publication, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the
The Seattle-based publication also publishes, sells and distributes books to about 7,000 prisoners around the world.
The non-profit accuses prison officials of prohibiting at least six Saguaro prisoners from receiving books in the last two years.
Calls to Saguaro warden Todd Thomas and Corrections Corporation of
When refusing Prison Legal books to inmates, prison officials gave them notices saying that the company was not an approved vendor and that their books would "create a serious danger to the security of the facility," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says that the prison only allowed inmates to get their books from Barnes & Noble, and when that company didn't have a certain publication, they could use amazon.com.
Prison Legal gives inmates books for free if they can't afford them.
The lawsuit says Corrections Corporation of
The publisher wants the prison to be ordered to pay unspecified damages and allow inmates to get Prison Legal books. Copyright 2009 Associated Press.