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Default New bop system wide email/book policy/Update! Policy Cancelled!

This link is to an article by freelance journalist Lauren Gill that appears in "Justice Today". It explains the new policy of prisoners only being allowed to purchase massively overpriced books from the bop (none allowed to be sent from family, bookstores, publishers or book clubs).

The other "new" system-wide bop policy will severely limit who prisoners can contact on the phone & email systems, including “An inmate’s contact list may not possess another inmate’s immediate family member, friend, or contact located on the inmate’s approved list,
https://injusticetoday.com/new-feder...e-5464b6156f83
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This link is to an article by freelance journalist Lauren Gill that appears in "Justice Today". It explains the new policy of prisoners only being allowed to purchase massively overpriced books from the bop (none allowed to be sent from family, bookstores, publishers or book clubs).

The other "new" system-wide bop policy will severely limit who prisoners can contact on the phone & email systems, including “An inmate’s contact list may not possess another inmate’s immediate family member, friend, or contact located on the inmate’s approved list,
https://injusticetoday.com/new-feder...e-5464b6156f83
Wow. Let's throw out everything we know about rehabilitation. I know-- every rule has a story behind it. But sometimes you have to wonder about the weight placed on that story.
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The "story" at the bop is "what few benefits remain for the prisoners that we can take away?" Every new bop Director feels like they have to leave a legacy of being an even bigger AH than their predecessors, and the inmates suffer.
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I try really hard to not post about our political swamp.....but I honestly believe a lot of the changes-for-the-worse that we're seeing can all be traced back to the head of the DOJ and his antiquated, punishment-not-rehabilitation attitude: Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III
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The new books policy has yet to be implemented BOP-wide
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....from my FB feed:

Federal prisons abruptly cancel policy that made it harder, costlier for inmates to get books

May 3 at 4:40 PM

Federal prison officials abruptly reversed a controversial policy Thursday that had made it harder and more expensive for thousands of inmates to receive books by banning direct delivery through the mail from publishers, bookstores and book clubs.

The restrictions were already in place in facilities in Virginia and California and were set to start this month at a prison in Florida.

Under the rules, inmates in at least four facilities were required to order books only through a prison-approved vendor and, at three of the prisons, to pay an extra 30 percent markup.

The reversal came after two days’ of inquiries from The Washington Post asking about the vendor, the markup and the rationale for the restriction.

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3 comments, all snarky and suspicious of where the policy came from and why. Brava!
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I hoped that the objections to this ridiculous policy would force the bop to back down, and they have, at least for now. The bop invoked "safety and security" as their reason for the policy, but failed to explain how the much more expensive books sent by the bop's bookstores of choice would be any "safer" than books sent from bookstores or publishers that were ordered by families.

The "real" reasons were the 30% additional markup on books that had already been hit with the retail markup (profit for the bop?) and the ability to censor which books prisoners would be allowed to read.
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I hoped that the objections to this ridiculous policy would force the bop to back down, and they have, at least for now. The bop invoked "safety and security" as their reason for the policy, but failed to explain how the much more expensive books sent by the bop's bookstores of choice would be any "safer" than books sent from bookstores or publishers that were ordered by families.

The "real" reasons were the 30% additional markup on books that had already been hit with the retail markup (profit for the bop?) and the ability to censor which books prisoners would be allowed to read.
Seems they could alleviate fears, over security, by just doing a better job of screening books, sent from the publisher, in the mailroom. Unless, of course, they're afraid all book publishers are part of some "Left Wing Conspiracy" to wreak havoc within the walls of Trump's BOP facilities?!?
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The bop learned long ago that safety & security is an acceptable excuse for anything, especially when there are no safety/security issues.

Most contraband is facilitated in some way by employees anyway. When cigarettes went from $2.50 a pack at the commissary to $200.00 a pack after they were banned for the prisoners, but not for the staff, guess what happened? Tobacco was readily available, as long as you could afford it.
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