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Settlement ends limit on interviews of Louisiana prisoners

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana prison officials have agreed to abolish a regulation that limited interviews of inmates at a maximum-security prison.

The agreement comes in a settlement that resolved a federal lawsuit filed by an inmate, Darold Hines, and a graduate student who wanted to interview him at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

The lawsuit said a prison system spokesman denied the student’s interview request. He cited a policy against granting interviews focusing on details of an inmate’s crime.

A court filing Wednesday by attorneys for the inmate, student and prison officials asks the court to dismiss the suit.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana represented Hines.

The settlement calls for plaintiffs’ attorneys to receive $6,500 in fees and costs.

Corrections Department spokesman Ken Pastorick says prison officials fully support the agreement.

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