You know that departments of "corrections" have dropped all remaining pretense of correcting anything when they ban books.
The U.S. penal system is practically devoid of restitution, reparations, or rehabilitation. It has been so heavily promoted as a means of cruel vengeance, that the notion of prisoners having rights almost seems nonsensical.
Yet incarcerated people are people, and many of them will be freed some day. And the biggest book ban in the United States is not in schools or public libraries, but in prisons and jails.
As members of Congress return to Washington, click here to join a large movement asking the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to convene hearings on book restriction practices in prisons.
Studies have documented that allowing people in prison access to outside information and ideas reduces recidivism.
In the past few years, various states and the federal prison system have attempted to dramatically restrict book deliveries to incarcerated people, or have shut down such deliveries entirely.
In Texas, the Department of Criminal Justice has banned over 10,000 books from prisons, including books by Alice Walker, John Grisham, Jenna Bush Hager, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Bob Dole. While books from Adolf Hitler and David Duke have been allowed, books about civil rights and prison conditions are often blocked.
Prisons across the country have attempted to ban the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Public outcry has forced many prisons to reverse their decision, and yet, bans on books that discuss mass incarceration continue in prisons across the country.
Click here to help turn this around.
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