BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (CN) – Prison Legal News, a nonprofit monthly based in southern Vermont, announced Monday that the nation’s biggest private prison company, Corrections Company of America, settled a federal lawsuit by agreeing to give prisoners access to the publication.
Prison Legal News sued the prison company in Phoenix Federal Court in September 2009. CCA’s Saguaro Correctional Center allowed prisoners to buy books only from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Prison Legal News said that was censorship.
Prison Legal News also sells more than 40 book titles, offering self-help, reorientation and legal assistance.
Prison Legal News said CCA also agreed to pay its costs, and damages, but did not specify an amount.