More than 50 inmates sue officials over pornography ban in Iowa's prisons

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Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 1:38 PM CST
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Iowan inmates are suing state officials, saying they've been denied a constitutional right to pornography while in the state's prison facilities.

Court documents say 58 inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility filed the lawsuit in October, just before a new state law got rid of designated "pornography reading rooms" in prisons starting November 14.

The law now in effect also prohibits inmates from having Playboy magazines and nude photos in their cells.

The lawsuit claims the law went into effect because of "religious tyrants" who don't have any regard for the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Consitution.

The legislation was part of a justice system budget bill that was approved at the end of the 2018 session.

The law put into place says funds appropriated to the Iowa Dept. of Corrections shouldn't be used to distribute or make available any commercially published material or information that is sexually explicit or features nudity.