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

17:36  08 january  2018
17:36  08 january  2018 Source:   The Hill

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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.

But at least two prisons in New Jersey have gone a step further, deciding to ban Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work on the rise of mass incarceration in America, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” according to a letter from the ACLU of New Jersey to

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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Civil rights advocates denounced New Jersey 's prison system on Monday after learning that the book The New Jim Crow, about race and mass incarceration in the U.S., has been banned from some of the state's prisons .

Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed 2010 book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” is banned in two New Jersey prisons Several outlets reported Monday on the open records request, and on the ACLU ’s response: that the prisons were illegally blocking the book

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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