ACLU Sues Morgan County Jail Over Mail Delivery

3 years 4 months 1 week ago July 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013 Monday, July 22 2013 Monday, July 22, 2013 4:10:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

VERSAILLES (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people's constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the St. Louis-based ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a federal lawsuit last week and asked a judge to certify the case as a class action. The ACLU also is seeking a preliminary injunction.

The five-page lawsuit says the main issue is that officials don't inform the sender of confiscated mail or give them a chance to fight the decision.

The ACLU said the lawsuit was filed on behalf of an Oregon resident who has regularly sent letters, articles and books to a Morgan County Adult Detention Center detainee. A phone message The Associated Press left at the jail wasn't immediately returned.

 

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