2 Wyco jail inmates sue over mail policy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two inmates at the Wyandotte County jail have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the sheriff of violating their rights by limiting their mail to post-cards only.

The ACLU Foundation of Kansas says the lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.

The sheriff’s department did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

In the lawsuit, inmates Tyrell Jackson and Randall Chapman say the Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center restricts inmates to sending and receiving correspondence on post cards. They contend the post-card only policy severely restricts their free speech rights, as well as the rights of their friends and family to communicate with each other.

Doug Bonney of the ACLU says the lawsuit is seeking an injunction against the policy.

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