ATLANTA (CN) – Prison Legal News claims Fulton County and its Sheriff Myron Freeman unconstitutionally deny inmates the right to receive any form of publication other than religious tracts, and destroy or return subscribers’ copies of Prison Legal News.
The nonprofit mag with circulation of 6,700 was founded in 1990, has its business office in Seattle and its editorial office in Brattleboro, Vt. About two-thirds of its subscribers are inmates, the rest are in the legal profession or interested in prison issues, the complaint states. The News has published articles by Noam Chomsky, William Kunstler, William Greider and others, it says. It claims the Fulton County Jail’s posted policy – “that reading materials mailed to inmates are returned to the sender or destroyed without notice to the inmate-subscriber … [except for] religious publications (soft covered), that is [sic] ordered directly from the publisher or provided by approved religious groups” – is unconstitutional. And it claims the defendants are defying court orders that declared their policy unconstitutional. The News is represented in Federal Court by Gerald Weber. See complaint.