May 27, 2022

ACLU says Georgia Sheriff Illegally Banning Books From Jail

From the AP:

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that a Georgia sheriff is violating the rights of jail inmates by prohibiting them from receiving outside books and magazines.

The ACLU sent a letter to Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher urging him to rescind a new policy that says inmates at the county jail in Savannah can no longer receive books or magazines by mail or from visitors. The policy restricts inmates to selecting reading materials from book carts managed by jail staff.

“We have never before encountered a policy that so completely restricts detained persons’ access to books and publications,” said the letter signed by David Fathi, director of the ACLU National Prison Project, and attorneys from the ACLU of Georgia.

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