Missouri prisons ban friends and family from sending books to prisoners (NPR)

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    Missouri prisons ban friends and family from sending books to prisoners – By Nomin Ujiyediin (KCUR) / Aug 29, 2023

    The policy comes more than a year after the Missouri Department of Corrections banned people from receiving paper mail in prison.

    People incarcerated in Missouri prisons will no longer be able to receive books and other publications from friends and family starting Sept. 25. The Missouri Department of Corrections said the new policy is an attempt to reduce the influx of drugs and other contraband into prisons.

    The announcement, published in an email newsletter on Friday, said incarcerated people must now buy their own books, magazines, newspapers and correspondence courses.

    “Reading materials must meet censorship guidelines and must not exceed $100 in value, threaten safety and security of the institution, or exceed property limits,” the newsletter said.

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