Thursday, June 15, 2006
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey's acting corrections commissioner reversed himself yesterday and dropped a blanket ban barring reporters from interviewing prisoners. Acting Commissioner George Hayman will now review interview requests case by case.
The ban was virtually unknown until the Star Ledger of Newark reported it yesterday, prompting an outcry from advocates for civil liberties and the news media. The ban was considered one of the most stringent in the country. More. . . [Mark Godsey]