Pennsylvania ACLU Sues Department of Corrections
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections over a new policy that only allows prisoners to receive copies of - not original - confidential mail from attorneys to their clients.
The lawsuit claims the practice violates the First Amendment rights of the attorneys and prisoners.
According to a ACLU press release, the new policy follows a 12-day lockdown of all state prisoners to protect guards from “unknown substances.”
During that time, DOC officials confiscated all incoming mail and held it for 45 days, only allowing prisoners photocopies of mail. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop the DOC from copying mail and retaining the originals.