Update on: Virginia Dept. of Corrections Confiscates Zines, Violates 1st Amendment – by David Annarelli

September 23, 2022

To Whom It May Concern,

Recently, the VaDOC has, in its usual foolish way, erroneously labeled publications and newsletters that are provided by licensed publishers as “personal correspondence”. As stated, this is wrong, and it will now be proven in a court of law, where the US Supreme Court has already established under ‘The Turner Test’, Turner v. Safely, and Thornborough v. Abbott that a “legitimate governmental interest must be present to ban or prevent publications.”

In this instance, it will be simple to prove the obvious political motivations. I have received these publications for months and years prior to the recent assault on my, and other publishers, 1st Amendment Rights. The prison and VaDOC will “allow” them, as long as the publishers send them 2-3 pages at a time, exacerbating high postage costs. Clearly the only justification is to interfere with political opinions that the VaDoc disagrees with, and to interfere with my career as a writer.

This will not stand.

If your publication is wrongly returned by the VaDOC, please file a lawsuit under USC 42 sec. 1983. The VaDOC has been enslaving people and violating guaranteed rights for too long and we will hold them to account.

A wrongfully convicted political prisoner,

David Annarelli 1853637

Pocahontas State Correctional Center

PO Box 518

Pocahontas, VA 24635

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