Florida prison officials banned a newsweekly over an article about Albert Woodfox, a former inmate who wrote a book about his imprisonment in solitary confinement for over 40 years.
Federal courts have repeatedly affirmed that prisoners have a First Amendment right to read, and publishers and others have a right to send them reading materials. And state departments of corrections have repeatedly instituted broad book bans.
We join PEN America, a member of our coalition, in opposing Washington State’s decision to restrict access to used books in prisons.
Florida prisons impounded four times more issues of The Militant in the past two years as in all the other prisons in the country over the last decade.
NCAC has joined with 17 other organizations in filing a brief with the US Supreme Court in the case of Prison Legal News v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections.