British Government Justice Minister Bans The Sending Of Books To Prisons
‘In one country prisoners can get four days off their sentence for every book they read, in another a ban on sending books to prisoners is being introduced.
The first country – not generally known for its enlightened prison system – is Brazil; the second country – to our shame – is the UK, booktrade info tells us.’
For more information see Tim Finch’s article at:
Where Tim describes the action by minister Chris Grayling as not just nasty but bizarre.
Are we moving towards a fascist state where the next action will be the banning and burning of books by our Conservative government? Over dramatic, I hope.
A recent report found that people who read are more compassionate and understanding of the feelings and situations of those around them. Mr Grayling obviously did not read the report. The findings would particularly apply to a person serving a sentence in prison.
I’m asking whether you would feel able to send a book to a prison. I want to find out the interest, initially, before we decide the date and prison.
If you are interested in taking part please contact me, and circulate, if you feel able to, to fellow authors and publishers.
My email address is email@example.com