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Jail chief says he's open to allowing magazine for inmates, hopes to avoid further litigation


WINCHESTER, Virginia — The superintendent of the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center says he's open to exempting a magazine for inmates from a ban on publications mailed to the facility.

James F. Whitley tells The Northern Virginia Daily ( ) that he hopes to avoid further litigation over the ban.

Prison Legal News sued the jail in Winchester, Whitley and several others last week in federal court in Harrisonburg. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants improperly denied inmates access to the monthly publication, along with several associated publications that focus on inmates' legal rights.

Whitley says the ban doesn't target any specific mailed publication. It was imposed after jail authorities noticed people were disguising documents as publications to smuggle contraband into the jail.

Information from: Northern Virginia Daily.

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