|Washington prisons reverse ban on used book donations for inmates|
The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) lifted a recent ban on used book donations from non-profit groups.
Assistant Secretary of Prisons Rob Herzog released a memo Wednesday reversing the ban, saying the department will once again accept book donations mailed to prisons from approved non-profits and organizations. The DOC released a letter in March announcing the ban.
The ban was put in place, in part, due to concerns about contraband entering the prison. The March letter notes that DOC mailrooms don't have the resources to review incoming materials, and contraband into state prisons is escalating at a high rate.
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