Private Corrections Firm Settles Lawsuit With Prison Legal News


Corrections Corporation of America, the Nashville-based prison firm that houses 75,000 offenders in more than 60 facilities, has settled a censorship lawsuit with a publication that reports on criminal justice-related issues, reports the Associated Press. Prison Legal News, a nonprofit monthly, filed the lawsuit in 2009, claiming that CCA’s Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., allowed prisoners to order books only from Amazon or Barnes & Noble under the facility’s mail policy in effect at the time.

Prison Legal News argued its inability to send books to prisoners violated its constitutional rights. CCA, the nation’s largest private prison company, changed its mail policy soon after the lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit was settled last month. Under the settlement, the publication will not be placed on a prohibited vendor list, nor will it be subject to a blanket ban by CCA staff.

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