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Pennsylvania Prisons Replacing Free Books with Expensive E-books

New e-book library left many unimpressed. Many titles are expensive, useless and add no value to the lives of the incarcerated. Pennsylvania terminated book deliveries to Pennsylvania state prisons in an effort to curb the drug smuggling menace. The new policy has book donation programs, such as the Books Through Bars, Book ‘Em, and orders Read More…

Pennsylvania DOC banned incoming books for all state prisons. Says it will enhance its prison libraries to compensate.
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PADOC Declares ‘War on Books’; Do They Have a Better Option?

On August 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) announced a statewide prison lockdown. The main aim was to stamp out drugs coming into the PA state prisons. Now, they’re banning books in all state prisons.  The lockdown ended on September 10. After it was all over, PADOC announced that books from free book programs Read More…

Books are an important asset to many prisoners who use them to occupy their time wisely.
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Banning Books in Pennsylvania Prisons: A Solution to the Drug Crisis?

The PA state prisons lockdown is finally over. However, many policy changes are now in place. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) implemented the following changes in an effort to combat the drug crisis in their correctional facilities: Visitation policies Mail policies Book policies Pennsylvania DOC Implements New Policy Banning Books & Limiting Mail & Visitations Under the Read More…

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Michigan Prison Inmate to Pay for Incarceration Costs after Publishing $150,000 Book Deal

The Michigan Department of Treasury is raking up a debt profile of over $372,000 on a prison inmate who just published a book. Curtis Dawkins, serving a life sentence for robbery and murder earned $150,000 advance payment for publishing a book from prison. Now the Michigan government is dusting up their law books and demanding Read More…

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Decarcerating America: New Book Offers 3 Tiers of Health Solutions to Mass Incarceration

A new book titled Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health written by epidemiologist Ernest Drucker goes on sale on February 20. This book examines the problems of mass incarceration in America and proffers three tiers of solutions to curbing the phenomenon. It addresses this problem from a public health perspective. Author of A Plague of Read More…

Going to prison does not make you less of a person. But it does make it systematically, intentionally, institutionally much harder to be treated like one.
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New Jersey Prisons Lift Ban on “The New Jim Crow” Book For Inmates

The ban earlier placed on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness has been lifted in New Jersey. This was in response to pressures mounted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The book is a New York Times bestseller that focuses on the problems of mass incarceration.   Read More…

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Report Suggests American Prisoners Read These 5 Books the Most

Being locked behind bars is far from an interesting and soul lifting adventure. It takes a lot of emotional intelligence and perseverance to leave prison as a better person after serving sentence. Reading is one of the few effective ways inmate use to seek solace and develop mentally and emotionally. It is a popular believes Read More…

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Allen County Jail Prisoners & Their Loved Ones Using Tablets for Communication

Allen County Jail inmates have been using secure computer tablets for communication and other activities, the sheriff’s department announced Friday. The jail currently has more than 700 inmates with tablets assigned to them. Each inmate receives a tablet upon intake to the jail, with some exceptions made. A statement from the sheriff’s department said: “All of Read More…