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Maryland prisons rescind controversial policy that advocates say restricted inmate book access

Maryland prisons rescind controversial policy that advocates say restricted inmate book access

Maryland prison officials have agreed to rescind a policy introduced in April that inmate advocates said restricted prisoners’ access to books.

In a move to curb smuggling of Suboxone film — a drug commonly used to treat opioid addiction that is sold in thin, easy-to-hide strips — the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in April announced that inmates would only be allowed to receive books from two vendors, Edward Hamilton Books and Books N Things.

The corrections department overturned that decision Monday. Inmates may now accept books from family and online retailers, but only after those books have undergone a rigorous screening...

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