Freedom of Expression and Belief

Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail teaches us that the freedom of expression can flourish even in the darkness of confinement. In America, it is not for the government to separate anyone – locked up or not – from her conscience and her God.

When prison officials suppress free expression and religious liberty, we take them to court and defend the First Amendment.

“When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind odes not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded. If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment”

Justice Thurgood Marshall