Alabama Inmate Sues to Read Southern History Book

From The New York Times

A convict’s lawsuit says he was told by a prison official that an award-winning book about the heinous treatment of black prisoners after the Civil War was “too incendiary” for him to read.


Okay, so I know this is banned books week, and we're supposed to be supporting everyone's right to read what they want.

And I'll freely admit that I know next to nothing about the Kilby Correctional Facility, or the Alabama legal system in general.

Still...I'd always thought that being in prison meant you lost a lot of your rights and freedoms, with what you could and could not do being primarily dictated by state and institutional policy.