Home > News > Indiana Bans Porn in Prison • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Indiana Bans Porn in Prison

Indiana Bans Porn in Prison
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
Yes, but in a few years
Out of 150 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Jul 20, 2006 8:00 AM PDT    Text size: 
INDIANAPOLIS — Two inmates are leading a class-action lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Corrections over a new policy that prohibits printed media that contains sexual conduct or simple nudity.

The class action suit, spearheaded by convicted murderer Ernest Tope, was filed on behalf of more than 20,000 state prisoners over the department’s newly implemented policy that bars inmates from accessing magazines such as Playboy or Penthouse.

According to the complaint, the prison also can ban sexually explicit letters and mainstream publications that might feature nudity. Tope is serving a life sentence at Pendleton Correctional Facility.

Prisoners say the new policy violates their civil rights.

“The policy is written so broadly that it includes within its prohibitions such things as personal letters between prisoners and loved ones and much of the world’s great literature and art,” said the complaint, obtained by the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, which was prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

Tope is especially peeved because he can no longer receive Easyriders, a motorcycle enthusiast magazine, because it contains partial nudity. The new guidelines also might bar racy, romantic novels that have been available through the prison library in the past.

Both Tope and the other named plaintiff, Wade Meisberger, a murder and auto theft felon, have formally challenged the new guidelines through the prison grievance system, but have been unsuccessful.

The plaintiffs seek a ban on the policy in addition to attorneys fees.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Pleasure Product Manufacturers Talk Global Strategies for Success

From branding to shipping, companies with international reach talk to XBIZ about how to appeal to consumers worldwide. At LELO, trade marketing manager Zabrina Law says there is not a lot of variation... More »

E.U. Sex Toy Brands Bolster U.S. Market With Innovation

Europeans are living the American dream. Five weeks of paid vacation, government-funded medicine and education, and a healthier approach to sexual wellness are commonplace for our cousins across the ocean.... More »

2016 Focus on Europe: Ad Networks

If there’s one thing that every internet-based business needs, it’s traffic — that flow of visitors that drives ecommerce, education, social interaction and more. Today, that traffic... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.



Nov 04 - Nov 06
Edison, New Jersey

2016 Inked Awards

Nov 05 - Nov 05
Edison, New Jersey

XBIZ 2017

Jan 09 - Jan 13
Hollywood, CA

XBIZ Awards 2017

Jan 12 - Jan 12
Los Angeles, CA
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!