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TDCJ Initiates Inmate Censorship Policy

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice initiated a new inmate censorship policy.  The new Offender Orientation Handbook, released earlier this month, contains a new provision punishing offenders for having a social media presence even if it is managed by a friend or family member.   The new section prohibits inmates from "maintaining active social media accounts for the purposes of soliciting, updating, or engaging others, through a third party or otherwise."   Violators of the new policy will be charged with a level three disciplinary violation which can result in more ยป

Federal Court Says Texas Inmates Exposed to Extreme Temperatures Violates 8th Amendment

A U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that allowing an inmate to be “exposed to extreme temperatures can constitute a violation of the Eighth Amendment.” The case was remanded back to the district court for a new trial.