The Ministry of Justice has had a ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales which today was ruled unlawful by the High Court. For the last year or so prisoners have been prevented from receiving parcels unless there were “exceptional circumstances”, such as a medical condition. High Court Mr Justice Collins said he could see no good reason to restrict access to books for prisoners.
I can understand why certain books might be banned – violent, pornography, etc. – but books reduce boredom, educate and entertain. Apart from the crass stupidity of the Prison Service denying books, the comment of the Prison Service to the judgement is bind boggling. It said it that the judgement was surprising, and would look at how it would deal with the ruling.
I know this is a wacky idea but perhaps the Prison Service could deal with the ruling by allowing prisoners to have books …..