ACLU sued South Carolina over banned books

On October 6, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Prison Legal News challenging the South Carolina Berkeley County Detention Center, which banned all books from being sent to prisoners. Books and magazines sent to prisoners were returned to sender, including educational pamphlets. The claim alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. On January 10, 2012, the detention center agreed to settle the case and lifted the ban.

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