Inmates sue Sullivan County sheriff over access to publications

Inmates sue Sullivan County sheriff over access to publications

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BLOUNTVILLE (AP) - An inmate rights organization is suing the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Wayne Anderson and claiming the department refusing to deliver its publications and newsletter to inmates held at the Sullivan County Jail.

Prison Legal News filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Oct. 10. PLN is a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, a Florida-based nonprofit organization whose mission is public education, prisoner education, advocacy and outreach in support of prisoners' rights.

The Kingsport Times News reports PLN claims its publications and newsletter are being held at the county jail in violation of the 1st and 14th amendments. The group says the jail has also rejected book catalogs and offers.

Jail officials did not immediately respond to the suit.

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