Is it right to ban books being sent to prisons?

April 7, 2014

Writers and academics have been campaigning against a Ministry of Justice regulation that bans prisoners being sent books. The regulation is part of a scheme called ‘Incentives and Earned Privileges’, which allows prisoners to buy their own basic supplies, but only with funds that have been earned for good behaviour. Family members are not permitted to send small items, including books, unless there are “exceptional circumstances”. The regulation has been in place since November, but caught widespread attention when Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, published an essay on Crook wrote: “Book banning is Continue Reading →