Crime
7:46 am
Mon July 22, 2013

ACLU files suit against Morgan County

The Morgan County Courthouse, located in Versailles.
Credit Trevor Harris / KBIA

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Morgan County. The suit alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people's constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the St. Louis-based ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed the federal lawsuit last week and asked a judge to certify the case as a class action. The ACLU also is seeking a preliminary injunction.

The five-page lawsuit says the main issue is that officials don't inform the sender of confiscated mail or give them a chance to fight the decision.

The ACLU said the lawsuit was filed on behalf of an Oregon resident who has regularly sent letters, articles and books to a Morgan County Adult Detention Center detainee.