Prison Legal News Rejected by Mistake, Pinal County Sheriff's Office Says; "They Need to Settle" Federal Complaint, Says Mag's Editor

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Magazines and paperbacks sent to the Pinal County Jail were rejected by mistake, a spokesman for Sheriff Paul Babeu said today in response to news of a federal lawsuit.

As we reported earlier today, the national Prison Legal News launched a federal complaint against Babeu and Pinal County this week after jail officials refused to let inmates have copies of its publications.

Babeu's spokesman, Tim Gaffney, called us back after we published the first blog post and told us the problem stems from a mail-room mistake.

The jail shouldn't have refused the printed materials and won't do so in the future, he said.



Since the federal complaint hasn't been served on Babeu's office yet, the office's command staff hadn't heard of it. After we sent Gaffney a link to a copy of the complaint, Pinal's Adult Detention Center chief looked into the matter, Gaffney says.

It was then discovered that, on three occasions, "the mail room in error did not accept the publications and returned them to the sender," Gaffney told us in an e-mail. "...There was a communications breakdown on our end. Our Command Staff was never notified of this issue until now but will ensure it does not occur again in the future."

Yet something's not adding up: The complaint states that 50 magazines, about 30 paperbacks and other publications, each addressed to individual inmates, were rejected and returned.

Although Gaffney said he heard that magazines are definitely allowed, the jail's Web site states that they're not. And when we called the jail this afternoon, two officers confirmed that magazines are not permitted.

"None whatsoever," said one officer.

Gaffney said the problem must be a training issue that the sheriff's office will correct.

Paul Wright, editor of the Prison Legal News (and a convicted murderer who's well acquainted with life in the Big House), tells New Times that if Pinal County admits the rejection of his publications was a mistake, "they need to settle the case, then."

It seems awfully convenient that Sheriff Babeu's office realized its error only after being slapped with a lawsuit, Wright quips. Even worse, he adds, "it's kind of pathetic they're trying to blame their low-level mail-room staff."

While the statements from Babeu's office might not jibe completely with the evidence, perhaps Wright ought to be a better sport. It sounds like he's won his case while still in the starting block.



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kemskiy
kemskiy

Too many Americans are in prison today, and it is very important to improve the penitentiary system. You seem to be a very informed person in this kind of legal issues. You can publish articles about it on Attorney Online. This is a category with prison legal news http://attorney-online.info/news/prison/1-0-4 You can publish links to legal sites in your articles promoting your legal services or services of other persons.

Anon
Anon

"after looking....the mail room did error.."  The orders came down from the top. The mail room complied. Cheap shot when these top officials blame the low man on the totem-pole. The bullies and cowards at the top are soooo predictable!

Anon
Anon

Paul Wright, Thank you for taking on Arizona and paying attention to the abuse of power that never ends here! Where is the DOJ?

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

Smart move Sheriff Babeu - I will leave it up to the readers what I meant..... but you know

Earththoneswild
Earththoneswild

gaffney, babeu.  man you guys are so predictable.  just as "Coz" insinuates but won't say, we all know you're fascists.  and as "Marcy" insinuates, because you're cops you think you're above the law and have the right to censor information.  much like the government of these united states will not allow info from other news organs from around the globe into this country.

this irresponsible and unprofessional behavior you exhibit as supposed "law enforcement officers" is actually "standard operating procedure"(S.O.P.) in the profession, isn't it babeu? including the lying when you're called on the carpet for your violating the rights of these folks.  refusing these papers, magazinese, etc is probably not even the half of the abuses you inflict on these people.  it's out there how you've shortchanged them on medical treatment.  the culture in this country with you l.e.o. abusing your authority and not being made to suffer consequences is so rampant that babeu thinks he can get away with it, so he does it without hesitation.  that's just how much he thinks of the taxpaying, voting public.

by the way, an inmates' punishment is to be locked up away from the rest of society, which he/she deserves.  it's not apart of their punishment to be denied basic and essential human rights. 

in this state, it's hard to say who's the worst fear monger, you or that other one over there in maricopa.

there's hope though, because many of those who voted for you are starting to see the holes in your armour.  even some of the bigwig conservatives are stepping back from you.  yeah, we read the others news outlets around here babeu.  hopefully, your days are numbered

Babeu
Babeu

Gaffney, you are such a kiss ass, and don't try to blame this on anyone else. Don't you remember when you made mistakes, your lover boy Sheriff Paul Babeu told you to say, the Buck stops with him. Now, don't go changing things and blaming anyone but him. You both need to get your lies straight. I am not asking you both to be straight. There is a difference, even though you two jerks don't get it. I have been saying for two years now that Paul does not care who's rights he violates, and who's money he steals. And Gaffney, you are a terrible mouth piece, that just gets caught saying the wrong shit all the time. So, give Paul a hug for me, I am sure he will enjoy it better from you. Lucy Babeu

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Just another scum bag  Arpaio wanna be     BO BO   didnt think they would persue  the issue.....

Coz
Coz

Sounds more like the voters in Pinal County made a BIG mistake electing Buttbeu.

Coz
Coz

The first step in any Nazi regime is censorship.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

"While the statements from Babeu's office might not jibe completely with the evidence, perhaps Wright ought to be a better sport."

Though being a "better sport" is a nice sentiment, the teeth that even a "Memorandum of Understanding" signed off on by a court would make sure Sheriff Babeu and his office doesn't make these kinds of "mistakes" and "errors" again.

guest
guest

Thin ice?  There is an Armada on the horizon closing in.  I'll be surprise of he doesn't commit suicide in the next few months.  Those near him need to clear the back blast zone.  Babeu be careful of those near you, but it is already to late.  Having others cover for you will be considered Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board frowns on this type of behavior.  This is what you get when you stand up and draw fire.  Look at me, I'm somebody!

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

To Mr. Babeu, Your deputy who lied about being shot at in the desert by ak-47 carrying illegals,( I can't remember that cue balls name) What charges have you brought against him ? Can deputys fabricate events like your deputy did and only get fired from a job they should have never had to begin with. Careful Babeu, you continue to tread on thin ice. peace

Anon
Anon

Reminds us of former MCAO Andrew Thomas backing out after the arrest of the New Times owners in the middle of the night. By 5:00 pm Thomas knew this was wrong. We'll see what this week brings for this "troika" of arrogant prosecutors.

Pinalfree
Pinalfree

Thanks Lucy. Keep speaking out the truth. Finally Pinal County is waking up, sending back paul babeu back where he came from, Ma.....  lol

davetheman
davetheman

Paul: you need to stop butt fucking and do what you were hired to do, Make life of the people in Pinal County safe

Anon
Anon

Coz, Well said. Your comments stand out because the truth is what they (arrogant law enforcement/prosecutors)  do not want known.

Jason
Jason

Puroll. Louie Puroll.

Kingsofmetal
Kingsofmetal

You are a troll. the deputy was proven Truthful in his statement regarding the shooting. He was fired for threatening the reporter who wrote incorrect articles about the shooting.

Marcy
Marcy

Cops are very special people and shouldn't be asked to have to obey the law.

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