For Immediate Release
Victory in CCR and NLG Suit Against Virginia Prisons for Unconstitutional Censorship of Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook
Prisoners’ Right to Legal Resource Restored in Settlement
NEW YORK and CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Today, t he Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) announced a settlement in their lawsuit in the Western District of Virginia challenging the Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VDOC) decision to ban their joint publication, the Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook, from all Virginia prisons. The settlement requires the Virginia Department of Corrections to remove the handbook from the disapproved publications list, post a notice to this effect in all prisons, and allow Virginia prisoners to receive the handbook in the future from CCR and the NLG without preapproval.
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