PositionPrisoners rights

28. Mail U.S. Appeals Court Duamutef v. Hollins, 297 F.3d 108 (2nd Cir. 2002). A prison inmate brought a pro se [section] CENSORSHIP 1983 action against prison officials alleging arbitrary censorship of his mail. The district court denied summary judgment for the officials and they appealed. The appeals court reversed and remanded, finding that prison officials had acted in pursuit of legitimate penological interests by imposing a temporary mail watch on the inmate. The mail watch was imposed after the inmate received a book with the phrase "Blood in the Streets" in its title. Even though the book was a "harmless economics book" the appeals court held that the title could easily arouse concern in the prison officials, and they could base a security decision on the title alone. The court noted that the inmate had an extensive disciplinary history involving prohibited organizational activities, and the officials' actions were limited. (Oneida Correctional Facility, New York) U.S. Appeals Court Sorrels v. McKee, 290 F.3d 965 (9th Cir. 2002). A state prisoner brought a...

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