A rule that only allowed inmates in the Onslow County jail to read the Bible or legal documents has been lifted.
Sheriff Ed Brown announced the rule change Monday. The new policy allows inmates to have two uncirculated publications.
Local attorneys had criticized Brown's policy because many of the inmates are awaiting trial, not serving sentences.
Brown said in a statement that in the past inmates used reading material to build fires and jam locks.
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