FLORENCE, Ariz. — The Arizona prison system has tightened its rules for
book donations, restricting who can send books to specific inmates.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reported the Arizona Department of Corrections has
authorized only publishers to send books directly to individual inmates.
The Tucson-based nonprofit Read Between the Bars has been sending more than 200 books each month to inmates for years.
The organization previously received letters from inmates, telling staff what
kind of books they wanted. It then would mail three free books to that inmate.
The group said that it was barred last summer from sending books to individual
Department spokesman Andrew Wilder said books may still be donated to prisons, but not to individual inmates.
The donated books are placed in prison libraries for inmates to access.