Arizona Inmates Can not Be Blocked from Appearing on SPR Site, Judge Rules
May 17, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A
federal judge has issued a permanent injunction upholding the right of
prisoners to publish their stories on the website of Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR)
and other organizations, something the Arizona Department of Corrections
sought to prevent.
U.S. District Court Judge Earl Carroll's ruling made permanent the
preliminary injunction he issued against the ADOC in December.
SPR and the other
plaintiffs in the case, including the Canadian Coalition against the Death
Penalty and Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, were
represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the
ACLU's National Prison Project. They sued the department in July.
SPR, a human rights
organization dedicated to ending sexual violence in detention, posts
stories, comments, and letters from survivors of rape behind bars on its
executive director of SPR, praised Carroll's ruling.
"As the judge noted,
this law didn't serve any legitimate penological interest," Stemple said.
"What it did do, particularly in SPR's case, was stifle free speech about
an issue that has already been cloaked in silence for far too long."