Iowa prisoners sue for porn privileges

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A new law implemented in November eliminates so-called “reading rooms” and an inmate’s access to check out pornography at Iowa’s state correctional facilities. It also outlaws the possession of explicit material wholesale, even if it was privately acquired. Now inmates are suing to get that access back.

 Over 50 inmates cosigned the lawsuit.

 “The complaint itself doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. It’s full of sort of half sentences, half paragraphs, definitions that don’t make any sense” says attorney Nick Sarcone.

 In order for the complaint to be taken seriously, Sarcone says the inmates need to clearly allege the harm the new policy has caused and laws it violates.

 “I think it’ll get tossed if they don’t figure out a way to reformulate their complaint” he predicts.

 He says they should take another approach.

 “There have been cases in the past where prison inmates have filed suit claiming a violation of their first amendment rights to access items like pornography. A lot of people believe that if you commit a crime you lose all of your rights that are guaranteed by the constitution; that’s just not correct,” Sarcone says.

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