The First Amendment protects our freedom of expression and, by extension, our access to reading material. But in prison, it’s sometimes another story.
As part of our Restricted Reading series reporting project, we’re examining the purpose of censorship in prison, how it happens and what this practice tells us about the right to intellectual freedom for the more than 2.2 million people incarcerated in America today.
We’ll be releasing this special series on our Obscured podcast during the fall. Episodes will explore the role of prison libraries, books to prisoners donation programs, legal challenges to censorship and best practices for managing access to reading material inside prisons.
In the meantime, we’ve created these short audio installments to help build a foundation of understanding for what you’ll be hearing on our podcast.