Pa. Department of Corrections bans some books, magazines from prisoners

PATRIOT NEWS
Donald Gilliland | February 13, 2012

One man’s art might be another’s pornography … but Field & Stream?

The list of publications that have been banned from entering state prisons is often surprising:

• A book, “Astral Travel for Beginners.”

• A state-funded tourism brochure prison officials thought advocated insurrection.

• The State Employees’ Retirement Code, on the basis that it was evidence of criminal activity.

Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel said things are going to change.

“I’m making some tweaks to how we do business,” Wetzel told The Patriot-News.

State prison inmates may receive books, newspapers and magazines, but only if they are sent directly from the publisher or bookseller. Even then, each is reviewed by a local committee of employees in each prison.

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