CT Prisons to Reconsider Banned Books; Wally Lamb Rejected


The Connecticut Department of Correction will reconsider its policy on prisoner reading material after an acclaimed novel by Connecticut author Wally Lamb was removed, then reinstated, on the library shelves at the York state prison, reports the Hartford Courant. Lamb’s 1992 novel, “She’s Come Undone,” was pulled earlier this month due to “sexually explicit” content after the Media Review Board rejected an inmate’s request to read the book.

At that Aug. 6 meeting, the board rejected five other books on similar grounds: “Capital Punishment” by Billy Wayne Sinclair, “Dirty Spanish Workbook” by Ulysses Press, “Hate List 2” by Reign and “Lust to Kill” and “Last Time We Saw Her,” both by Robert Scott. The state ACLU said the board “seems to be erring on the side of censorship.'” The board approved 37 books and 162 magazines and rejected 20 books and 32 magazines. Portions of another 15 magazines were ordered removed. Among the offensive material was an ad for diaper rash cream in Parents magazine, which depicted a baby’s naked bottom.

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