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US ACLU: New Jersey prisons have illegally banned book on mass incarceration

17:36  08 january  2018
17:36  08 january  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The ACLU of New Jersey said the prisons have banned “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” which the group says violates inmates’ First Amendment rights. “Michelle Alexander’s book chronicles how people of color are not just locked in, but locked out of civic life, and

The ban on the best-selling book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” was “ironic, misguided and harmful The letter argued that the book ’s presence on a list of banned texts at New Jersey State Prison and Southern State Correctional Facility violated the

a close up of a piece of paper © Provided by The Hill The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is alleging that two New Jersey prisons have banned a book on the rise of mass incarceration in the U.S., The Intercept reported Monday.

The ACLU of New Jersey said the prisons have banned "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," which the group says violates inmates' First Amendment rights.

"Michelle Alexander's book chronicles how people of color are not just locked in, but locked out of civic life, and New Jersey has exiled them even further by banning this text specifically for them," Amol Sinha, ACLU of New Jersey's executive director, said in a statement.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey wants the state Department of Corrections to lift two prisons ' ban of Michelle Alexander's The New Jersey Department of Corrections on Monday rolled back prison bans of a book about the impact of mass incarceration on black Americans

The New Jersey Department of Corrections has lifted a ban on a book that links racial discrimination and mass incarceration after the ACLU called Studies about literacy in prison have found reading is both a form of escapism for inmates during their sentences and an opportunity to improve their

The ACLU of New Jersey said it received multiple complaints from inmates and their family members about the book being banned. The group then filed an Open Public Records Act request, and the response showed the book was banned "as a matter of policy," The Intercept reported.

The New Jersey Department of Corrections did not respond to The Intercept's request for comment.

Democratic lawmakers last year introduced legislation to encourage states to reduce their prison populations.

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