- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A judge has ordered the Livingston County jail to stop intercepting mail sent to inmates from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Federal Judge Denise Page Hood signed a restraining order last week after the ACLU complained it got no response to two dozen letters sent in February.

Jail administrator Tom Cremonte says officials don’t deliver legal mail to inmates unless it’s from a lawyer who is representing an inmate. He says the jail also gets suspicious about mass mailings.

But the judge says a prisoner doesn’t have to designate a lawyer who is sending mail. Hood says higher courts have ruled that mail from the ACLU is confidential mail.

Separately, Livingston County is being sued over its refusal to distribute a journal titled Prison Legal News.

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