Dec 23, 2015 9:31 AM

Lawsuit challenges NH Department of Corrections policy forbidding holiday cards to inmates

CONCORD - A policy that would prevent inmates of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections from receiving Christmas cards from family members is being challenged in a lawsuit after a mother and son of an inmate found their Thanksgiving card and drawings returned to them.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, & Nelson, P.A. are challenging the constitutionality of a mail policy that forbids prisoners from receiving cards, picture postcards, and drawings by mail.

In fall, a prisoner's mother mailed a thanksgiving card, with a hand-written note reading "I [love] you Daddy," from her son.

The policy, which was instituted May 1, applies to Christmas and prayer cards "drawings...other depictions...greeting cards...postcards from particular locations or featuring any type of printed design, picture, or depiction.”

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