Calling for accountability, the ACLU told the DC Council September 20 that deaf inmates in the privately-run annex to the D.C. Jail (called the Correctional Treatment Facility, operated by Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America) have reported getting no help understanding classes, medical appointments and discipline proceedings.
Freedom to Read Victory in DC Jail: Corrections Officials Promise Staff Retraining to End Mail-room Censorship of Innocent BooksMay 20, 2012
"A jail full of prisoners quietly reading," says ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Fritz Mulhauser, "is exactly what every warden should want. With a recent reponse from the D.C. Department of Corrections to censorship problems we identified, we look forward to more books reaching D.C. prisoners."
Department General Counsel Maria Amato in a May 15, 2012, letter confirmed the ACLU complaint that mailroom staff had been wrong to censor innceont books. There will be additional training, Amato told ACLU, to assure staff do a "more faithful application" of the First Amendment rights of prisoners to read literature. Staff had also ignored internal rules requiring high-level review before any book-banning is final; Amato said those rules, too, will be reinforced in training "and adhered to going forward."