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A Battle Over First Amendment Rights in Prisons
New York state tried to limit writings and artistic works from prisoners — illustrating a growing issue across the country.
April 1, 2021
Why Is It So Hard To Prosecute White Extremists?
Citing the protections of the First Amendment, prosecutors often use other charges as a workaround to go after members of hate groups.
January 27, 2020
What’s in a Name?
New lawsuits by transgender people challenge bans on name changes for those convicted of crimes.
Case in Point
February 20, 2017
The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus
Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court
October 25, 2016
Does the First Amendment End at the Prison Gate?
An inmate’s novel is the latest test.
June 12, 2016
For 50 Years, You’ve Had “The Right to Remain Silent”
So why do so many suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
April 14, 2016
Should Prisoners Be Allowed to Have Facebook Pages?
A new policy in Texas limits inmates’ access to social media, creating a First Amendment conundrum.
September 30, 2015
Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Prison Censor?
Test yourself against the pros.
June 26, 2015
‘You’re Really Being an Asshole, Officer.’
The law on cursing at cops.
November 24, 2014
Do Convicted Killers Deserve Free Speech?
In the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania says no.