CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Inmates at two West Virginia regional jails have regained the right to receive books directly from publishers.
The South Central Regional Jail and Southern Regional Jail banned publishers sending books directly to inmates in August. The bans were lifted last week.
West Virginia Regional Jail Authority director of programs John Lopez tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/14WTGwH ) that the bans stemmed from a misunderstanding.
He says both jails wanted to promote their own on-site libraries. There also was frustration because publishers were sending seven or eight books at a time to one inmate. Inmates can have up to three books, not including religious materials.
He says regional jail officials want inmates to have access to reading materials.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com