Laurie Goodstein – “Behind the walls of federal prisons nationwide, chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries. The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources.
Seattle Weekly – “Thanks to a controversial â€œapproved vendor system,â€ state prisons are slowing the flow of books behind bars.”
AP – “A prison library book exchange program led to inmates getting something more than just new reading material. An inmate from Fort Worth and his girlfriend were sentenced to prison after both used the book swap to smuggle drugs to inmates, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday.”