(Neb)-ACLU Suing To Release Supplier of Lethal Injection Drugs
LINCOLN, Neb.(AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Nebraska prison system for violating state public records laws by refusing to identify its suppliers of lethal injection drugs.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has denied public records requests by The Associated Press and the Omaha World-Herald, arguing the records are protected by attorney-client privilege and that the supplier is part of its "execution team," whose identities are confidential by law.
The lawsuit disputes both arguments with the ACLU asking for both release of the information and attorney fees.
In an unrelated story, the ACLU says some Nebraska counties are profiting from exorbitant fees for phone calls made by inmates in jails, limiting their access to the basic need of communicating with their families and lawyers.
For-profit telephone companies contract with jails to handle collect and paid calls by inmates, then give a portion of the profits to local counties.
The ACLU report found that inmates in state prisons can make a 15-minute call for $1.50, while inmates in county jails may pay $7 to $19 for a similar call.
Lancaster County Department of Corrections director Brad Johnson says the fees aren't unreasonable and help cover incarceration costs.
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