NJ prisons may ban book by inmates

April 21, 2009 7:20:20 AM PDT
New Jersey's corrections commissioner is considering whether to ban a book written by 43 inmates from state prisons. Kal Wagenheim assembled the 187-page book, "Inside/Out: Voices From New Jersey State Prison," after teaching writing at Trenton's New Jersey State Prison. His students were inmates convicted of murder, manslaughter and other serious crimes.

He says there's no harm in letting inmates read the fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

But Corrections Department officials are troubled by references to gang activity, drug use, assaults and murder.

Commissioner George Hayman says he does not have a timetable for when he'll decide whether to allow the book.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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