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Inmate Denied Jigsaw Puzzle in Jail [POLL]

We get it – when you are in prison there is probably a good reason for that. We also get it that we have to be tough with inmates, no TV, no phones, no social time, but when you deny someone a puzzle – we have to pipe up. Read on to find out why this prisoner got denied a puzzle.

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Alan Berkun is serving six years for stock fraud among other charges. He filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn claiming the prison violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to allow him to order a jigsaw puzzle from Amazon.

“I should be able to order puzzles from Amazon.com — and I think every prisoner should be allowed this right,” Berkun said via speakerphone, according to the New York Post. “I can order a book from Amazon.com.”

According to the lawsuit, Bankun states that the puzzle doesn’t present any security issues. And the prison agrees with that. The puzzle was denied because it’s viewed not as his property. Here is where they lost us.

We still don’t understand their logic – books are OK, but puzzles, that don’t pose any security issues for the prison is absolute no-no!

On the matter the Justice Department responded: ‘A jigsaw puzzle stored and assembled in Berkun’s cell could cause unnecessary clutter, pose a fire hazard, and/or limit Berkun’s living area,’ as reported by the New York Post.

I am gonna repeat this one more time: a puzzle is gonna limit this guy’s living area, that’s why you are not letting him order a puzzle.

I have to admit if the prosecutors go in court with this argument – they’re doomed.

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