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Quebec judge orders review of inmate's grievance over porn TV channels in prison

MONTREAL — A Federal Court judge has ordered a new review of a Quebec prisoner's grievance over access to TV channels showing late-night pornography.

Forty-six-year-old Haris Naraine filed a complaint after corrections officials cancelled two cable channels in March 2013 after Naraine and other inmates at the Montreal-area Archambault Institution bought them.

The channels were cut after Correctional Service Canada instructed prisons across the country to remove all sexually explicit material from facilities and to block X-rated television content.

Naraine argued corrections had no right to sensor what the inmates legally paid for and said limiting access violated their charter rights.

The service denied Naraine's grievance in March 2014, saying the right to access the material was not absolute and that banning the channels helped maintain a safe environment, especially for female correctional officers who expressed concern.

Federal Court Justice Jocelyne Gagne says in a written ruling that the Correctional Service did not provide enough information about whether it would be possible to limit only sexually explicit content.

The Canadian Press

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