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Prison Porn Ban Sparks Inmate Protests

Prison Porn Ban

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/11/11 06:14 PM ET Updated: 12/10/11 05:12 AM ET

Porn and prison don't quite go hand in hand.

At least that's how the Connecticut Department of Correction feels, as they announced a ban on pornography beginning next summer. The department announced in July that prisoners had one year to dispose of pornographic materials containing "pictorial depictions of sexual activity or nudity," giving them enough time for magazine subscriptions to expire.

However, it seems many inmates disagree with the decision and have begun a letter-writing campaign that urging officials to reconsider the decision. According to the Associated Press, prior to the ban, inmates were allowed pornographic material excluding content that depicted children, bestiality, sadomasochism or the use of force.

The AP reports that inmates have sent close to three dozen letters to officials. Some letters have offered alternative solutions such as providing "cable programming that offers and displays nudity, also sexual activity."

The initial ban was intended to improve the work conditions for prison guards, especially female members, not forcing them to be exposed to the questionable material on a daily basis. According to the Daily News, prison officials also acknowledge that the ban is intended for the prisoners' own good, a point some disagree with (as you can see in the video below).

While many of the prisoners writing in are citing their First Amendment rights, it seems unlikely they will have much of a case legally. The Daily News explains that in the past, courts have sided with the prisons.

Connecticut however, isn't the only state to ban porn in jail. In July a Michigan man actually sued the state after guards denied his request for pornographic materials, claiming he was subjected to a "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation."

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