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PA Limits Inmate Books Amid ‘Growing Drug Crisis’


The lockdown at Pennsylvania’s state prisons is over, but a number of sweeping policy changes remain, reports The state corrections department instituted new book, mail, and visitation policies to combat a “growing drug crisis” and protect employees — as well as incarcerated persons — from synthetic substances that are entering prisons via “paper products.” The fallout for inmates is far-reaching, advocates say, from possible privacy issues to alienation from their legal representatives. People in these prisons have also lost access to something much more basic: donated literature.

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