Inmate suing state over porn ban in prison

Dec 8, 2004
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Kyle Richards

Detroit-- A Macomb County inmate is suing Gov. Rick Snyder and the state, claiming he is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because jail rules ban pornographic materials.

Kyle Richards filed the five-page handwritten lawsuit June 10 in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He wants a judge to let inmates possess erotic/pornographic materials along with personal televisions, video game consoles and radios.

"Such living conditions have been used as a method of 'psychological warfare' against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals," Richards, 21, wrote in a court filing.

The civil rights suit is the latest in a growing string of complaints filed by the Fraser man since last year in federal court.

Federal judges have dismissed more than three of the cases, labeling them frivolous.

That distinction puts Richards in a special class. A federal judge simply can dismiss a case if the court tossed that inmate's previous lawsuits because they were frivolous, malicious or failed to state a claim, U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen wrote in a filing June 20.

For now, Richards' latest suit is pending -- though misguided, officials say.

The Governor's Office referred questions to the state Department of Corrections.

State prisons allow inmates to possess pornographic material with a few exceptions. Playboy and Penthouse magazines are allowed. Porn depicting simulated ****, bestiality and sadomasochism is forbidden, said Department of Corrections spokesman John Cordell.

Inmates also can buy game consoles and some video games.

The Macomb County jail, however, does not let inmates possess porn. But Richards did not sue the county.

Richards found few people rallying to his defense Friday.

"Prisons have a lot of leeway to regulate the material that comes in and out," said Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan.

Richards' criminal record includes convictions for assault and battery of a state worker in Livingston County and assault of a prison employee in Washtenaw County.

He said if an inmate is broke, taxpayers should provide the porn stash and electronics, Richards wrote.

In legal filings, Richards says he suffers from chronic masturbation syndrome and severe sexual discomfort, which he labeled physical ailments caused by living conditions behind bars.

Richards also said he is being harassed and discriminated against because he is a pedophile.

The lack of pornographic materials behind bars forces Richards to endure "such a poor standard of living, suffering from both sexual and sensory deprivation..." he wrote.

"Sexual deprivation has been used against plaintiff in a way as to both sexually frustrate the plaintiff, deprive the plaintiff of any sort of sexual gratification, and deny the plaintiff his right to sexual reproduction," Richards wrote.

Richards has been in jail since January after being charged with bank robbery and is being held on $500,000 bond. He pleaded guilty Thursday and will be sentenced Aug. 2.

The Fraser man was arrested in early January and accused of robbing a TCF bank near the intersection of 15 Mile and Utica, which is across the street from his apartment, according to The Macomb Daily.

Police say he stole about $900 after handing a bank teller a note.

Investigators followed a trail of cash -- and footprints in the snow -- leading from the bank to his apartment building.

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The Godfather

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can't you just close your eyes and masturbate?

these dumb-crackhead drains on society can't just use their imaginations?
 

JoeyDVDZ

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When did these cock drips forget, they're IN FRIKKIN PRISON???????? It's not supposed to be Xbox & skin flicks, it's supposed to be punishment! It's like sending your kid to his/her room, when they have better shit in there than we EVER had when we were kids....
 

domelogic

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Is that the guy who use to do blues clues? Yes I have small children

Love this line: The lack of pornographic materials behind bars forces Richards to endure "such a poor standard of living, suffering from both sexual and sensory deprivation..." he wrote.

Like prison is a high standard of living
 

Motor Head

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Years ago, whenever they executed a prisoner the warden would have an entire night of hardcore porn played on the prison tv system. The gaurds remarked that barely a peep was heard on those nights. Some prisoners would look forward to the next execution because of the fisty fiesta that would ensue.

As far as this guy? Fuck him. Pedos should be made to wear woman's clothing and makeup in prison.
 

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I was amazed they are allowed video games...
Me too. But hey, if they allow it, and the prisoner has money on the books to afford it and hasn't done anything to be denied the privilege, let 'em. I wonder if they get the current generation consoles, or if they have the older ones.
 
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Me too. But hey, if they allow it, and the prisoner has money on the books to afford it and hasn't done anything to be denied the privilege, let 'em. I wonder if they get the current generation consoles, or if they have the older ones.
Well I know they make clear tvs etc for prisons (so they can't hide things)... so I guess someone must be making clear housings for various video games.

 
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