In the last week in Britain, there has been a relatively loud roar over new-ish rules that restrict sending books (and underwear, among other things) to prisoners:
Among those outraged by the ban are Egyptian-British author Sabrina Mahfouz, who here reads “Prison Chef”:
As Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright noted, books are not banned in their entirety. Prisoners still have access to the prison library. However, as for receiving books in the mail from family and friends — no.
A few pieces on the ban:
Of course, this is hardly the only place prisoners are disallowed unfettered access to books. The Connecticut prisons restrict access to the Qur’an, and goodness knows what other translations from the Arabic. One South Carolina jailer decided prisoners could only read the Bible. US authors have occasionally shown outrage (John Grisham on Guantamano book banning), but too rarely.
A (non-exhaustive) sampling from a google search: