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Posted at 2:14 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Inmates seek more time in library

By Maria Glod

A group of six Maryland inmates is arguing in federal court that they have been denied adequate access to the law library.

The inmates, incarcerated at the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, said in court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that the prison library is frequently closed and the computers were down for several weeks.

They said legal materials can not be checked out, inmates are only allowed to use the library for 30-minute periods and only old typewriter ribbons are available.

The inmates asked that library hours be extended and that inmates be allowed to check out materials and make copies. U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled each complaint would be considered separately and not as a class action.

By Maria Glod  | February 9, 2011; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod, Maryland, Prison Beat  
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