Report: ACLU Calls Out New Jersey Prisons For Banning Award-Winning Book
From The NY Times:
New Jersey said it had lifted the ban on a best-selling book about mass incarceration after the American Civil Liberties Union called for an immediate end to what it said was an “ironic, misguided, and harmful” instance of censorship.
The state’s decision to reverse a prohibition on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander, at the two prisons came hours after the A.C.L.U. of New Jersey on Monday sent a letter to the state’s corrections commissioner, Gary M. Lanigan.
On Monday, the department said that the ban had been lifted in all facilities, noting that there had never been a departmentwide ban on the book. It also said it was reviewing its policy on allowed texts and “all current lists of banned written materials.”
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See Also: Full Text of Letter From ACLU to NJ Dept. of Corrections (via DocumentCloud/NJ Advance Media)
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See Also: ACLU Calls Out N.J. Prisons For Banning Award-Winning Book (via NJ.com)
See Also: News Release From ACLU New Jersey
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