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Puzzling Times

In February, an inmate at MDC Brooklyn filed suit against the BOP.  The issue? Denial of jigsaw puzzles ordered via an on-line retailer. Although the prisoner has since been transfered to FCI Miami, the case remains in the Eastern District of New York before the Honorable John Gleeson.

According to this New York Post article, in response to the Court’s question: “What is the penological interest in this prohibition of jigsaw puzzles coming into this facility?,” the BOP answered: “A jigsaw puzzle stored and assembled in [the prisoner]’s cell could cause unnecessary clutter, pose a fire hazard, and/or limit Berkun’s living area.”