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Judge denies ACLU's request for injunction against Spartanburg Co. jail

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Monday a magistrate judge denied an injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

The ACLU Foundation and ACLU of South Carolina filed a lawsuit against officials in Spartanburg County on May 2, claiming the detention center's visitation policy violated constitutional rights.

The ACLU said they tried to visit inmates in January 2017, but where denied access by Sheriff Chuck Wright and jail director Allen Freeman.

In a response to the complaint, an attorney for Wright and Freeman said in order for a lawyer to meet face-to-face with an inmate, the lawyer must have an existing attorney-client relationship or be placed on the inmate's visitation list.

In the magistrate judge's report, he determined the jail's police was not an "exaggerated response" and said the ACLU's status as lawyers "simply does not imbue them with a special status allowing them to cast aside the prison doors and have dozens of inmates brought to them, possibly against an inmate's will, to conduct exploratory interviews."

The judge said the ACLU failed to prove they suffered irreparable harm from the incidents and denied the motion for an injunction.

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