Shane Illegally Censored from Jon’s Jail Journal by Prison Authorities

Shane - After being denied psychiatric medication by ValueOptions, Shane turned to illegal drugs financed by burglaries. For stealing a few hundred dollars worth of goods, he was sentenced by Judge Ron Reinstein to eleven years. Shane is the author of the blog Persevering Prison Pages.

The Arizona Department Corrections – who banned us from corresponding last year – are now violating Shane's human rights even further by refusing to give him some of his mail – mostly stuff related to blogging.

From Shane:

ADOC’s sneaky mail-monitoring staff have taken a special interest in mail to and from me, printouts of my blogs and related blog sites like Jon’s Jail Journal, and correspondence of a miscellaneous nature. Mainly, my incoming mail is intercepted. Recently, copies of  “Avoidable Tensions” a story I wrote for Jon’s Jail Journal, and copies of Shaun Attwood’s interview in Not Shut Up Magazine were contrabanded. Despite the fact that I personally wrote “Avoidable Tensions” and have multiple copies, ADOC spent valuable time and hard earned tax dollars to intercept all of this correspondence.

The content of this intercepted blog entry is constitutionally protected free speech, is based on facts, observations, opinions, and is all public information. It therefore could not pose a threat to institutional security, as ADOC Publication Review Staff have asserted at the Lewis Complex.

This minor annoyance will not interfere with my blogging and guest writing covering ADOC and similar subjects. Nor will it discourage me from continuing my push for reform, rehabilitation and progressing forward past “prison life.” I’m hardheaded and fearless when it comes to expressing myself. Only time will tell whether it’s my fatal flaw or saving grace.

Click here for Shane’s latest entry – “Operation Eagle Point” – at his own blog

Click here for the first blog about Shane at Jon's Jail Journal

Click here for an article on the censorship issues I faced to keep Jon’s Jail Journal going

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big j said...

nice hearing that shane is ok. go after them shane, you beat them once before and can do it again.

leigh said...

when my friend was sentenced and moved from county jail to prison i got a big packet of mail that had been deemed unacceptable for him to get. this included an episode summary of his favorite tv show (he'd missed some episodes and wanted to catch up on it) printed out----it was marked up in big red ink: INTERNET CONTENT and then the other stuff had gotten a little wet at some point in transit so they'd opened it and circled each place where the ink smeared and marked it: UNKNOWN LIQUID. it happened to so many in a row that the poor guy thought i'd given up on him and i thought he was just not writing me anymore!

thanks for standing up to this censorship!