Inmate Sues Michigan Over Prison's No-Porn Policy

Calls lack of smut 'psychological warfare against prisoners'

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2011 3:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – No porn in prison? That's against the Constitution—or so says one brazen bank robber in Michigan, who's suing the governor and the state over Macomb Country Jail's no-porn policy, calling it cruel and unusual punishment. In a five-page, handwritten lawsuit, the 21-year-old prisoner says not having smut creates a "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation." Such living conditions "have been used as a method of 'psychological warfare' against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals," he wrote.

Officials for the Michigan Department of Corrections says they allow some pornography, but the Macomb prison bans it outright. Even the ACLU seems to be avoiding this one, saying that prisons have a lot of room to control porn access. You can get the full story at AP.

Macomb Country Prison inmate Kyle Richards is suing the governor and Michigan state over his prison's no-porn policy.
Macomb Country Prison inmate Kyle Richards is suing the governor and Michigan state over his prison's no-porn policy.   (Police Department)
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