Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lit Locked Up

banner for Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019
"Each September, Banned Books Week celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities. We must defend our right to read as a fundamental liberty in this country and reject attempts to censor works on political, religious, or other grounds. This is core to PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) America’s mission.

Today, by far the most extensive book ban in America is happening in the prison system. More than 2.2 million individuals are affected, too often given substantially restricted access to books, legal materials, or even dictionaries.

Studies repeatedly show that allowing incarcerated people access to outside information and ideas reduces recidivism and is essential to a successful transition back into society. More broadly, the United States Supreme Court has consistently emphasized the importance of education, and we believe access to literature is fundamental to supporting the liberties that underpin our democracy."