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Prison book ban ruled unlawful by High Court

05.12.14 | News

The government’s ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales is unlawful, the High Court has declared.
Under the current rules prisoners are prevented from receiving parcels unless they have “exceptional circumstances”, such as a medical condition.
Mr Justice Collins said he could see “no good reason” to restrict access to books for prisoners.
The Prison Service said it was a surprising judgement, and would look at how it would deal with the ruling
Survivors Manchester CEO, Duncan Craig, commented

We are absolutely delighted to hear of the High Court’s ruling. Our Break The Silence book was created by survivors for survivors, to help guys feel connected, that they are not on their own and that their is hope for healing. We have had many requests from prisoners for copies of our book and today’s ruling means we can once again be sure that should anyone wanting a copy, will get it and hopefully it will help individuals understand the impact abuse has had on them

If you would like to support our effort to send copies of our book to prisoners by purchasing postage costs, then text SMCR14 £5 to 70070
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