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Inmate sues prison for no porn rule

A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography. Kyle Richards, 21, has even claimed that his civil rights are being violated at the County Jail.

entertainment Updated: Jul 05, 2011 12:51 IST

A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography. In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail.

Richards says denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation."

The Michigan Department of Corrections tells The Detroit News that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it's banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot of leeway.

Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit.

Richards pleaded guilty. Sentencing is on August 2.