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Neb. DOC bans porn for inmates

The ban begins in January


By C1 Staff

LINCOLN, Neb. — Beginning in January, inmates in Nebraska prisons will no longer be able to have pornographic materials in their possession. 

In a letter sent to inmates on May 11, DOC Service Director Scott Frakes said pornographic writing, photos, drawings and other materials will be considered contraband, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Inmates found possessing or receiving the materials will receive a misconduct report.

"Reform requires us to look at the system, how it operates, and determine where positive changes could be implemented to create a safer, more re-entry-focused environment," Frakes said in a statement.

He told the publication that the materials are exploitative and create a hostile work environment for corrections staff because the mail room must review the materials to decide if they’re allowed. 

Currently, any publication or item that advocates, depicts or incites violent or illegal activity, and any other printed, published, recorded or photographed material that the warden determines is a threat to the safety, security or good order of the facility is banned. Several states have banned or limited porography in prisons.

Frakes said giving the inmates eight months notice ensures they can decide on renewals or ordering new publication subscriptions.

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