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Should Inmates Be Charged To Read Books? Pennsylvania Thinks So | Writer’s Relief

The state of Pennsylvania is planning to halt programs that allow for book donations to individual inmates and instead offer the option of buying into an e-book sharing plan. This article Writer’s Relief found on boingboing.net states:

“No books or publications will be shipped directly to an inmate. … [we] will no longer accept books donated directly to individual inmates.”

Presented as evidence by the DOC was a letter from a prisoner it said “describes how to smuggle drugs through a popular book donation program.” As the Prisoners Lit Project and others pointed out, though, the letter didn’t say anything at all about drugs: “the poor guy just wanted a dictionary!”

See the original letter and learn more about the Pennsylvania book loan program for prisoners.

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