Ex-warden: Berkeley jail security lax

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former warden who ran the federal penitentiary that replaced Alcatraz says officials at a South Carolina jail have been so focused on keeping mail from inmates that they've become lax on basic security.

John Clark said in court documents filed Friday that Berkeley County jail officials are not doing enough to make sure contraband stays out of the jail and also don't interact enough with inmates.

Clark's report was filed by Prison Legal News. Since 2008, the legal journal's publishers have tried to send publications to Berkeley County inmates, but copies were returned after officials said the staples pose a security risk.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued, arguing the magazine's and inmates' constitutional rights are being violated.

The county attorney did not immediately respond to a message.

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