Prison Reading, Religion, and Punishment

I found this ARTICLE about 9 months ago and thought I’d save it for my blog entries. I’m not sure how many of you feel about prison and convicted criminals, but most of you would agree that convicts should be allowed to read books of their choice. Don’t misunderstand I’m not sure I want all prisoners given access to books like The Turner Diaries and such, but what about religious books? Should convicted criminals be allowed to read books that are similar to their religious views? Part of me believes this should be a right (no matter what you’ve done), still I’m not sure. What does the U.S. Constitution have to say about reading, religion and punishment? I mean, it’s not like the availability of a book in a library means a person HAS to read it. On the other hand, what about books that may incite violence between groups or violence generally? What does the government have to say about that type of literature inside locked down facilities?What do you think?

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