An alliance of British authors have some harsh words for the government's new rules that prohibit prisoners from receiving the works of their favorite authors while serving time behind bars.
The book ban, which falls under the government’s Incentives and
Earned Privileges initiative passed in November, denies inmates
the right to receive packages from beyond the walls of the prison
unless they can prove “exceptional circumstances” such
as a health condition.
The ruling, which seems to fly in the face of the country’s rich
literary heritage, has come under fire from a number of eminent
British writers, including Alan Bennett, Sir Salman Rushdie,
Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Irvine Welsh and Nick Hornby, who
signed their names to a letter blasting the decision.