Monday, July 4, 2011

Jail Inmate Asserts Constitutional Right To Veiw Porn In Jail

Jail inmate: Lack of porn violates US Constitution

Jul 03 2011 09:13PM CST

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography.

In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail. Richards says denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation."

The Michigan Department of Corrections did inform The Detroit News that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it's banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot of leeway.

If porn will keep the inmates quiet and reduce the incidence of prison rape, it is a good, low cost correctional tool. Whacking off in the privacy of one's own cell reduces tension and thus stems violence, one of prisons' biggest problems.

Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit. He is clearly dumb and porn might help keep him from thinking, a dangerous activity for him.

Richards pleaded guilty. Sentencing is Aug. 2.

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