Judge Says MI Jail Must Deliver Inmates’ Legal Mail


A federal judge says the Livingston County, Mich., jail must deliver mail from the ACLU to inmates, reports the Associated Press. The ACLU filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in March challenging the constitutionality of the jail's policy of restricting most incoming and outgoing mail to postcards. Media sources in the county northwest of Detroit say Judge Denise Page Hood last week granted an injunction filed by the ACLU, ordering that mail sent by the group to inmates must be delivered.

The ACLU sent 25 letters to inmates in February, indicating it was investigating the jail's “troubling postcard-only policy.” The letters, which were marked as legal mail and included an attorney's identification, asked inmates to complete a form if they were interested in speaking to someone from the ACLU regarding the postcard-only policy. The ACLU learned the letters had not been delivered. Prison Legal News filed suit in August 2011 alleging Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte's department has “adopted and implemented written-mail policies and practices that unconstitutionally” restrict correspondence with prisoners.

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