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Banned in Boston – law books for prisoners

Prison Legal News, a publisher that distributes books dealing with prisoners’ legal rights, has been forced to sue the Massachusetts Department of Corrections for banning its publications from Mass. correctional facilities.

The corporation distributed books in Massachusetts prisons until 2003, when a policy was adopted that allowed only approved vendors to send books to prisoners, said Paul Wright, the editor of Prison Legal News. Wright said he has written letters to Clarke and other prison officials asking to be put on the approved list.

“We haven’t gotten anywhere with them,” Wright said. “I think some of it is the hostility – that they don’t want prisoners to know what their legal rights are.” (source)

Come on, Massachusetts. You’re embarrassing me!

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