Missouri prison policy limits media's ability to interview inmates

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 3:59 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri prison officials are citing concerns about security costs for a new policy limiting media access to inmates.

A new Department of Corrections policy allows only one on-site media interview per week at each facility. It also limits the length of interviews to one hour, requires interviews to occur during normal business hours and imposes various other restrictions.

Director George Lombardi said the department had been receiving "tons" of interview requests from local, national and international media. He said it was costing the department too much to provide security for the interviews.

But the department said it does not have actual figures tracking the number of interview requests or the costs.


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