Lawsuits Focus on Prisoners' Rights to Access Internet

There is no state or federal legislation regarding prisoners' rights to accessing Web-based materials, but in recent years, some inmates have successfully challenged prison policies that banned the receipt of material from cyberspace. Cases about inmates' rights in the digital world have focused on whether prisoners should be allowed to receive correspondence originating from the Internet. Prisoners' advocates have said that receiving the material in the mail is a free speech right protected by the First Amendment.

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