NE Inmate Sues Dept. of Corrections Over Nude Drawing Confiscation

Posted 1 year ago

By Scott Carlson

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (Courtesy of NE Dept. of Corrections)

Tecumseh State Correctional Institution
(Courtesy of NE Dept. of Corrections)

(AP) — An inmate is suing Nebraska’s corrections agency over the confiscation of pencil drawings that depict nudity and sex acts.

Christopher Payne filed a lawsuit last month in Lancaster County District Court against the state Department of Correctional Services. He claims officials at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution violated his constitutional rights by taking 11 pencil drawings from his cell between October and January.

34-year-old Payne says he thought his drawings were a legitimate form of artistic expression.

The corrections agency’s policy on hobbies bans artwork depicting nudity, sex acts, violence, bondage, sadomasochism, bestiality and acts of degradation.

The newspaper reports that corrections officials did not respond to a request for comment on the policy.