Pullman criticises new ban on prison books

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

First published in News

Philip Pullman is part of a group of authors who have written to Justice Minister Chris Grayling criticising the ban on sending books to prisons.

The author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, who lives in Cumnor, has criticised a ban on families sending small items to prisoners – which prevents the sending of books – describing it as a “mean and vindictive piece of legislation”.

The Society of Authors – of which Mr Pullman is president – has written a letter to Mr Grayling.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “We are fully committed to providing library services to prisoners and are meeting our statutory responsibilities. A library is available in every prison and all prisoners have access to books.”

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10:35am Sat 3 May 14

willowsrich says...

They're in prison for a reason and restrictions on freedoms is part of the punishment. On the other hand rehabilitation of mind and body is important, including the provision of books. A good and effective library service is definately required, the facility to have items sent in (which can and has been abused) is not required. The bleeding heart liberals have not made this country any better, just made the law abiding majority more unsafe and frustrated.
They're in prison for a reason and restrictions on freedoms is part of the punishment. On the other hand rehabilitation of mind and body is important, including the provision of books. A good and effective library service is definately required, the facility to have items sent in (which can and has been abused) is not required. The bleeding heart liberals have not made this country any better, just made the law abiding majority more unsafe and frustrated. willowsrich
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