ACLU asks judge to block jail policy

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - - The American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to block a South Carolina jail's rules over what items inmates may receive as the group challenges a policy barring inmates from any reading materials other than the Bible.

The ACLU on Wednesday asked a judge to order Berkeley County jail officials to give inmates mail that includes the Prison Legal News.

Inmates have been barred from reading the journal, and the ACLU sued on the publication's behalf. The lawsuit accuses the jail of violating constitutional rights by only allowing inmates to read the Bible.

Jail officials say they only banned materials with staples, which the journal has. An attorney for the jail says inmates can receive other religious materials as long as the books meet certain design requirements.

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