Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Porn for prisoners? -American Civil Liberties Union defend

The American Civil Liberties Union wants prisoners at a South Carolina jail to have access to pornography, lawyers defending a religious freedom lawsuit claim.

A suit was initially filed against the Berkeley County Jail in Moncks Corner last month for allegedly barring inmates from reading anything but the Bible, which lawyers representing the prison deny.

The attorneys said prison inmates are simply not allowed to read materials bound together by tape, staples, paper clips or clasps. They also aren't allowed material that could "encourage deviant sexual behavior."

The ACLU, however, argues the rules limit inmates' choices too much and that barring porn violates their rights. The organization is asking them to extend the rules to include pornographic books and magazines, WCIV-TV in Charleston reported.

Requests for comment from the ACLU were not immediately returned.

"If they don't like the wording in some of our policy, we'll be happy to try and create better wording. But, there are certain issues that we're just not going to be able to bend on," Sandra J. Senn, co-counsel for the jail told a local ABC News affiliate.

"It's going to create all kinds of problems because you're going to have an issue with masturbation at that point," added Robin L. Jackson, the other co-counsel on relaxing the rules. "Then, you run the risk of not just sexual assault, but physical assault because men don't want to see other men doing those types of activities.

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