IDOC Director On Book Removal: Lack Of Policy, Oversight At State Prisons

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Incarcerated men working inside the Education Justice Project library at the Danville Correctional Center

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The new director of the Illinois Department of Corrections said during a legislative hearing in Chicago on Monday that the agency plans to revise its policy regarding what books can and cannot enter the prison. 

State lawmakers hosted the hearing after Illinois Newsroom reported that Danville Correctional Center officials had removed more than 200 books from a college in prison program’s library inside the facility earlier this year. The books were part of the Education Justice Project’s library — that’s a program that offers University of Illinois classes to men inside the Danville prison. 

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Gary Ricke2019