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Arizona Department Of Corrections Ordered To Revise Explicit Material Policy For Inmates

Arizona prisons must revise their policy on what inmates can and cannot read.

In a new order, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver gave the Arizona Department of Corrections until mid-February to establish rules consistent with the prisoners' First Amendment rights.

In the lawsuit, attorney Lisa Ells explained, top officials are accused of purposely and illegally withholding copies of Prison Legal News under the same premise as withholding a sexually permissive men's magazine.

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"Our publication is about news," Ells asserted. "It's not attempting to be sexy or appeal to prurient interest of people. It is attempting to impart news and politics and facts about the world we live in.''

The judge is limiting giving employees the discretion to decide what gets delivered. In her ruling, she wrote the rules should ensure there is "consistency" in what the prison system considers "sexually explicit material."

Agency spokesman Andrew Wilder said the Department of Corrections is reviewing the order and will respond as directed by the judge.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.