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State Legislators Crack Down on Right to Protest

Close to a fifth of state legislatures are pushing for anti-protest bills in a movement that gained momentum after the summer’s protests over the police killing of George Floyd. The measures range from barring demonstrators from public benefits or government jobs to offering legal protections to those who shoot or run over protesters.

Does FBI Have a Phone-Hacking Lab? ACLU Sues to Find Out

The ACLU is suing the FBI following the discovery of public court documents and records that indicate the FBI Electronic Device Analysis Unit can bypass encrypted cell phone information. If true, the ACLU says this will “severely undermine our digital privacy and security.”

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Pennsylvania Jail Tells Inmates: Stop Ordering Books

The Allegheny County Jail says its ban on print books from the outside, announced this week, was adopted for “security” reasons. Inmates will have to read new books on electronic tablets, but there are only 263 books, including 49 religious titles, available in the facility’s digital library.

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Access Denied: The Digital Crisis in Prisons

As prison law libraries go digital, many inmates are encountering significant barriers to getting the materials they need to pursue their cases. TCR investigates a barrier to justice that has received little attention.