Hanrahan v. Mohr

Ohio prison officials deny in-person interviews with death row prisoners who took part in deadly 1993 Lucasville prison riot. Media: Which violates the First Amendment. Sixth Circuit: Not so. A blanket ban on in-person interviews with death row inmates is content neutral. And because it also serves a legitimate security interest, the ban would likely also be permissible even if it had specifically targeted content related to the riot. In the context of prisoners’ rights, “‘neutral’ does not require that a regulation be divorced from the speech’s content.”

Tags: 2018, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Sixth Circuit

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