Freedom to Read

“It’s a First Amendment right to have access to books when you’re in prison and you're in jail.”

Kosha Tucker, ACLU of Georgia Staff Attorney

“The Supreme Court of the United States has established that people who are detained have the First Amendment right to read a wide range of books and literature. Depriving people in jail of opportunities to read and limiting their ability to do so is not only fundamentally at odds with the First Amendment, but also with the rehabilitative ideal.

“Reading and staying in touch with the outside world are among the few ways individuals can occupy their time in positive and self-directed ways at virtually no cost to the Sheriff’s Department.” – Kosha Tucker, staff attorney of the ACLU of Georgia.