- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the Spartanburg County jail saying its inmate visitation policy violates the First Amendment.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2qJIvIU ) that the lawsuit filed May 2 says county officials denied ACLU attorneys’ request to interview inmates as part of the organization’s investigation of inmates’ constitutional rights at the detention center.

The lawsuit names Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright and Spartanburg County Detention Center Director Allen Freeman. Freeman says jail policy sanctions attorney visits if a lawyer-client relationship already exists.

The lawsuit asks for an injunction and award of attorneys’ fees and costs, and asks the courts to enter a judgment that the jail policy violates the First Amendment.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, https://www.goupstate.com/

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