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Is the Montana State Prison Policy Unconstitutional under the First Amendment?


Luis Fernandez made a radio appearance for an interview to discuss the issues regarding the Montana State Prison policy which forbade any correspondence to inmates in a foreign language. The ACLU in Montana sued in July of 2011 under the First Amendment, on behalf of an inmate who was denied mail written in Spanish by members of his family.

The revised Montana State Prison policy requires the prison to translate mail in a foreign language. However, the staff is given 20 days to complete the translation and allows them to determine the mail undeliverable if the letter cannot be translated within that time-frame.

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