Black Public Scholars

April 20, 2011

Books Banned from County Jail….Except the Bible

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

A South Carolina jail has ruled that all inmates in the jail are not allowed to have any books whatsoever, except the bible.  The jailers in Moncks Corner, South Carolina are receiving national scrutiny for passing the rule, which some claim to be a violation of freedom of speech and patently disrespectful to those who are not Christian.  There is also the concern that inmates are not given any opportunity to expand their minds or better themselves during their incarceration.

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a complaint against the jail, and joined the American Civil Liberties Union in its lawsuit.  In an email quoted by the Associated Press, one of the jail officials by the name of First Sgt. K. Habersham said: “Our inmates are only allowed to receive soft back bibles in the mail directly from the publisher…. They are not allowed to have magazines, newspapers, or any other type of books.”

 

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