Man who held hostages at Clinton campaign office sues jail over mail policy deterring drugs
DOVER — Leeland Eisenberg, an inmate at the Strafford County Jail who is known for holding hostages at a Clinton campaign office in 2007, is suing the jail for its recent ban on all incoming U.S. Mail following multiple drug incidents.
The Strafford County Sheriff's Office, along with Dover Fire and Rescue, responded to Strafford County Jail on June 6, after reports of four inmates suffering from possible overdoses.
Three of the inmates had to be taken to the hospital. The drug that they had taken was not known, but Narcan was administered to the inmates.
Drugs have been a recurring issue for the jail, and the issue is not limited to the inmates.
Corrections officer Bryant Shipman, 25, was detained by police on March 22, for allegedly attempting to bring heroin and cocaine into the jail.
Shipman had an estimated $2,000-$5,000 worth of drugs on his person at the time he was arrested.
As a result of the recurring drug problems and the constant drug threat, the Strafford County Jail banned all non-legal mail.
Any mail the jail receives, it returns to the sender in a new envelope with instructions on how to send mail electronically.
The lawsuit, filed by Leeland Eisenberg, claims that the ban on incoming mail violates inmates' rights to free speech as well as other civil rights.
Eisenberg was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for bank robbery.
In a press release attached to the lawsuit, it is alleged that the drug problem comes form the correctional officers and not mail.
At this time, all non-legal mail needs to go through the jail's electronic system that, according to lawsuit documents, requires a pre-paid account to access.
Inmates are still allowed to send traditional mail.