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AFP Signs onto U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Preserve First Amendment Rights*

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AFP Signs onto U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Preserve First Amendment Rights*

10.19.18 12:15 PM

ARLINGTON, Va. – Americans for Prosperity today joined a coalition of groups in signing the R Street Institute’s amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court Case Prison Legal News v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections. The amicus brief details opposition to Florida’s censorship of Prison Legal News, a publication that provides incarcerated individuals the opportunity to educate themselves about their civil rights. Denying individuals access to the publication due to incarceration status is in direct violation of their First Amendment rights. Americans for Prosperity Senior Judicial Fellow Casey Mattox had this to say: “The practice of denying*First*Amendment rights to those whom are incarcerated limits the ability of*those*individuals to become*rehabilitated. The role of prisons isn’t simply to punish people — it’s also to equip them with the tools needed to become productive, law-abiding citizens who don’t re-offend. Free Speech rights are an essential freedom, even for those who have made mistakes, and the*infringement of*these rights by the Florida Department of Corrections reveals the need for immediate action.” Background: While we must respect the professional judgment of prison administrators, as decided in Overton v. Bazzetta, 539 U.S. 126, 132 (2003), the Constitution provides the judiciary with oversight of government action that […]

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