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Waterman v. Commandant, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.

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Waterman v. Commandant, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, 337 F.Supp.2d 1237 (D.Kan. 2004). A military prisoner brought an action challenging the policy that allows mail room personnel to reject incoming mail that contains photocopies of publications or materials that do not come directly from a publisher or commercial vendor. The court upheld the policy, finding that it was rationally related to the goal of promoting prison security and therefore did not violate the prisoner's First Amendment free speech rights. But the court found that it was improper for the prison to reject a legal newsletter on the ground that it contained an advertisement for the illegal exchange of stamps for currency. The court noted that the advertisement did not instruct an inmate to send in postage stamps in exchange for currency, but rather instructed the inmate to send a self-addressed stamped envelope to obtain details and an application. (United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas)
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Title Annotation:FREE SPEECH, EXPRESSION, ASSOC.
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
Words:164
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