Clay v. Pelle

Criminal Justice | Freedom of Expression & Religion
Case No. 10-CV-01840
ACLU Case No. 2010-09

This lawsuit challenges a new policy of the Boulder County Jail that forbids prisoners to send letters and instead restricts their outgoing correspondence to postcards supplied by the jail.  The only exceptions are correspondence that fits the jail’s category of “legal mail” or “official mail.”   The policy severely limits the available space available for prisoners’ written correspondence and also chills their willingness to communicate sensitive personal information.
The ACLU argues that the policy unjustifiably limits the First Amendment rights of the prisoners as well as their free-world correspondents who wish to receive the prisoners’ written communications.


David Fathi , ACLU National Prison Project
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director

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