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USA: Prisons sued for allegedly censoring LGBT publications

1 November 2018
A non-profit group supporting LGBT prisoners is suing the Illinois Department of Corrections for allegedly censoring its publications.
Photo: Black and Pink / Facebook

 

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is being sued by Black and Pink—a non-profit organisation focused on supporting LGBTQ prisoners—for allegedly banning and censoring its publications and correspondence sent to prisoners, Courthouse News reported on 18 October 2018. 

The law suit alleges 11 correctional facilities have banned and censored the material as part of a “coordinated effort” since 2016.

Media administrator for IDOC, Lindsey Hess, told Truth Out “the publication has not been banned at any IDOC facilities.”

The Chicago chapter of Black and Pink, represented by Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, seeks an injunction against IDOC Director John Baldwin and the wardens for violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

In a statement, UPLC Executive Director Alan Mills said “Prisoners are extraordinarily isolated. Publications give them a lifeline to the outside world. Almost all prisoners will one day be released, and it does no good to isolate them while they’re inside. Having ties to the outside while in prison is one of the best predictors that someone will not return to prison.”

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