Virginia Jail Ends Censorship of Religious Materials

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Officers at the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford, Va. have agreed to stop censoring religious material mailed to detainees.

Civil liberties groups first challenged the procedure when a woman who sent letters to her son complained officers cut out the sections that contained Bible verses.

"It is good that Rappahannock officials have come to their senses," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

"Sadly, however, prison officials across the nation routinely deny religious materials to prisoners," he added. "This is a gross violation of the First Amendment and should be resisted at every turn. If anything, spiritual nourishment is what many prisoners need and want, and it should be protected."
    
The new policy will not only apply to religious material, but also other inoffensive information copied from the Internet that is sent to inmates at the jail.

Source: Right Side News

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