Book Ban in UK Prisons

The UK Ministry of Justice says prisoners do not have an automatic right to have books. They need incentives as part of their rehabilitation and should earn privileges, including the right to buy books from the outside the prison. Preventing parcels of books from being sent in gives prison authorities more control. “Good behavior is incentivized, and bad behavior is challenged with loss of incentives,” the government guidance document says.

See the full NY Times article here.

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