Sheriff Brown Explains Bibles & Legal Papers Only Policy For Inmates

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says security reasons and fire hazards are why he only allows Bibles and legal papers in his jail for his inmates.

On Monday, Cesar Laurean's attorney questioned Brown as to why he, unlike most all other counties in the east, limits reading material for inmates.

Pitt and Craven counties for example allow inmates to have many types of reading material.

Brown says that allowing newspapers, books, or magazines in is a fire hazard, and that prisoners must give up many freedoms when they are in jail. "When you share a community with 170 other people everyone can't have what they want, for themselves, it will infringe and pose a threat or danger."

Brown says this policy has been in place the 19 years he has been sheriff.

Inmates are also only allowed soft bound bibles. Brown says a hard bound book could become a weapon.

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  • by Fizzmick Location: Chicago on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    One of the worst things about religion is its embrace of the concept that we are all sinners; saying it’s okay with god if you’ve committed the most heinous crimes as long as you truly repent. Jesus or some other deity will save you. I can’t think of a better recipe for disastrous human behavior. If eternity in heaven awaits, what’s fifty years in jail? Should we acquire abilities to time travel our lives may very well be reviewed to see if we are worthy. THE EVIL AND THOSE WHO PROMOTED SUPERSTITIOUS LIES THAT GO AGAINST ALL LOGIC AND EVIDENCE, MAY NOT BE DEEMED SO.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Atheists are way under-represented in the prison system. You lose again Why it is best not to lie Unfortunately through the lies told to support the god delusion, many people have too much emotionally invested in the concept of immortality to objectively evaluate the horribly disastrous consequences that accompany it. Nothing less than immortality could get so many people to rationalize so irrationally in the face of the overwhelming evidence we now possess against the belief in gods. There is tremendously more hope (gigantic to infinitesimal) for immortality through mankind than any god. For the record, I too would like pleasurable immortality. If you are near sighted try prayer or an optometrist to improve your vision. See which works better. I have great hope that mankind will advance to where we can travel back in time and save people, bringing them forward to what is the then present. The safer, smarter, better choice is through reality - not specious lies
  • by Buford Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    I agree with Bubba...If you don't like our services, then don't become one of our customers. Criminals are not invited here, they just crash the party. Criminals get more benefits than I do and I work 50 hours a week. We tax payers have to foot the bill. I think that you should get nothing except Bread and Water. If you don't like it, then don't come back.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Homeland Security does not like a good sheriff, they want a meek sheriff. Remember the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona? He is being investigated by Homeland Security.
  • by Cactus Location: Styrabane on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    We need a state farm where inmates can spend the day being productive as well as producing some of their food. Ref. Angola Prison in La.
  • by Bubba Location: Pitt County on Jun 10, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    How did this turn into a religious discussion? WITN's story did not even hint at the fact there was anything wrong with a Bible. Sheriff Brown is one of the last "real" lawmen left in this state and we should be following his example. I have never met him, but have worked in law enforcement for years. Did you know that most jails even allow them to watch television? Many of these inmates don't even have tv at home. I have seen over and over in my county how folks commit crimes just to be placed in jail because they have better accomodations than they do at home. I bet you this does not happen in Onslow County! I think they should place posters of Sheriff Brown in each cell just to make the inmates quiver in fear when they wake up every morning. There is a reason he has been elected Sheriff for 19 years. If you don't like it then vote for somebody else with your liberal views and see what happens to Onslow County.
  • by WITN on Jun 10, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    Your previous post did not follow the guidelines. (Check out "Hey, read the rules!" on the left side of this page.) 6. Posters should not “call each other out.” No flaming! Posters can reference each other and discuss stories but no name calling or attacks on other posters.
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Jun 10, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    It seems when I speak how I feel and have thought about what I am gonna say the liberal WITN will not post my comments. I think it is time for this ole country boy who is Conservative move to a different TV blog. I say what I feel like I stand behind Brown and the rest of the politically Incorrect people who have strong christian values. I did say something not so nice about Islam about how Koran teaches them to kill us infidels. How our bible tell us to love and respect. No what is wrong with that?? It is the TRUTH!!!! They don't want to post the truth. They are scared that it might cause a problem. They are like the rest of Mass media Politically Correct. This is what is wrong with the US scared of hurting someones feelings. EVEN IF IT IS THE truth! I dare WITN not to print this one! I would love to know which moderator it is that keeps me from posting. It is not all of them just one. God Bless The USA! And we Christians!
  • by GBHB on Jun 10, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    that bible is just as much a fire hazard as sport illustrated. I support him, but I wonder what his reaction would be towards the Koran.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Stand your ground Sheriff. You have my support.
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