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Nevada Prisons Withholding Inmate Mail?

First Amendment Lawsuit Backed By ACLU
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)  Claims that Nevada prison officials are improperly banning legal rights publications mailed to Nevada inmates have drawn a First Amendment lawsuit backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno accuses the Nevada Department of Corrections of improperly using a restriction on mail with address labels and envelope tape as a pretext to confiscate and discard Prison Legal News sent to prisoners.

ACLU attorney Staci Pratt tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that’s unconstitutional censorship.

Prison officials aren’t commenting.

Prison Legal News aims to protect inmate legal rights and educate prisoners.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing prison officials from blocking receipt by prisoners, and unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

Pratt says the publication won similar case in Nevada in 2000.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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