The danger of the printed word

I received an odd packet last week. It was from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. Enclosed were two copies of the Sunday, Jan. 1, News Sentinel and a letter explaining that the papers had been received by the Federal Correctional Institution in Manchester, Kentucky, addressed to an inmate.
The warden wrote:
“The above named publication has been rejected because it contains an article, which if viewed by the inmate population, could jeopardize the security and orderly operation of this institution.”
The edition was our Year in Review, so the articles covered the entire of breadth of 2005. I don’t know who sent the papers, which inmate they were addressed to or which article might have proven incendiary in a federal pen.
But it’s somehow heartwarming to know that in the depths of the federal system some bureaucrat still considers our mundane, old ink-on-newsprint words too hot to handle.

2 thoughts on “The danger of the printed word

  1. Drake

    I have a neighbor whose kid went on to become an embezzler and served time up in Lexington. He told his parents newspapers were verboten due to the ink or something being used in tattoos.

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