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.
In Missouri state prisons, about 60 percent of inmates have kids. That's 18,000 moms and dads behind bars – and tens of thousands of kids on the other side. To help those parents and kids connect, volunteers make their way through the metal detectors at Missouri state prisons with big tubs of blank tapes and CDs, stamped envelopes, and lots of children's books.