Corrections Department Sets New Policy

Laramie, WY – The corrections department adopted a new policy this week in response to a lawsuit filed by a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. The policy says that state prisons will respect the confidentiality of communications between inmates and their lawyers.

Lawyer Stephen Pevar sued the state in federal court this summer claiming that a lieutenant at the Rawlins prison had interrogated an inmate about what Pevar had told him.

Pevar and the state filed a proposed settlement of the lawsuit this week with U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer in Cheyenne.

The settlement includes a new state policy that prohibits investigators from interrogating prisoners regarding their attorney-client communications.