STE. GENEVIEVE — An inmate is suing the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department for taking away his newspapers.
Stanley A. Schell has filed a prisoners’ rights and First Amendment rights lawsuit against Sheriff Gary Stolzer and the county in federal court this year. Schell is being represented by the ACLU.
According to the complaint, the inmate has maintained a print subscription to the Ste. Genevieve Herald at his own expense for months while incarcerated in Ste. Genevieve. He stopped receiving his newspapers in early November after his Oct. 31 Letter to the Editor was published. The letter criticizes pastors and members of churches for not visiting inmates.
When he asked jail staff why his weekly paper was not being delivered to him, he said a supervisor told him “The Sheriff has determined no local papers are allowed due to the fact that they publish local arrestees and their charges. This poses a security risk to inmates and our facility and are therefore no longer allowed.”
He believes the new rule is retaliation for his exercise of First Amendment Rights by submitting a Letter to the Editor.