Maryland Curbs Inmate Access to Books, Citing Drug Smuggling - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Maryland Curbs Inmate Access to Books, Citing Drug Smuggling

Posted: May 25, 2018 11:39 AM Updated:
Eastern Correctional Institution (Photo: WBOC) Eastern Correctional Institution (Photo: WBOC)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland is limiting the access prison inmates have to books, saying it's necessary to keep drugs from entering state prisons.           

The Washington Post obtained a memo announcing the statewide policy issued April 25.           

The police says Inmates may buy only 10 books every three months from vetted vendors with print catalogs, and cannot receive books from online retailers, relatives or friends. Federal prisons tried this before, but ended the experiment after it became harder and more expensive for inmates to read.           

Corrections department official J. Michael Zeigler says 3,422 Suboxone strips were discovered last fiscal year. He didn't say how many had been concealed in books.           

ACLU Maryland attorney Sonia Kumar called the policy "irrational" and says the civil liberties organization is evaluating legal options.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Plane Goes off Runway, Overturns at Ocean City Airport

    Plane Goes off Runway, Overturns at Ocean City Airport

    Friday, July 19 2019 1:43 PM EDT2019-07-19 17:43:45 GMT
    Friday, July 19 2019 1:43 PM EDT2019-07-19 17:43:45 GMT
    (Photo: Chopper 16)(Photo: Chopper 16)
    (Photo: Chopper 16)(Photo: Chopper 16)
    A single engine plane went off the southern end of the runway and flipped over at Ocean City Municipal Airport around noon.More
    A single engine plane went off the southern end of the runway and flipped over at Ocean City Municipal Airport around noon.More
  • Heat Wave's Impact on Homes

    Heat Wave's Impact on Homes

    Friday, July 19 2019 3:32 PM EDT2019-07-19 19:32:49 GMT
    Friday, July 19 2019 3:35 PM EDT2019-07-19 19:35:31 GMT
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- As another hot weekend approaches, local organizations are offering tips and tricks on how to keep your household safe and cool.More
    SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- As another hot weekend approaches, local organizations are offering tips and tricks on how to keep your household safe and cool. More
  • Updated: Md. Comptroller Systems Restored

    Updated: Md. Comptroller Systems Restored

    Friday, July 19 2019 9:42 AM EDT2019-07-19 13:42:02 GMT
    Friday, July 19 2019 1:07 PM EDT2019-07-19 17:07:45 GMT
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    All systems to the Maryland Office of the Comptroller have been restored following a heat-related outage that temporarily affected in-person and online taxpayer services.More
    All systems to the Maryland Office of the Comptroller have been restored following a heat-related outage that temporarily affected in-person and online taxpayer services. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Accurate Optical Gets the Boot From its Office Space in Salisbury

    Accurate Optical Gets the Boot From its Office Space in Salisbury

    Wednesday, July 17 2019 7:28 PM EDT2019-07-17 23:28:10 GMT
    Thursday, July 18 2019 7:38 AM EDT2019-07-18 11:38:46 GMT
    It was a public spectacle Wednesday as Accurate Optical's Salisbury location was served an eviction notice by the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
    It was a public spectacle Wednesday as Accurate Optical's Salisbury location was served an eviction notice by the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.More
  • Felton Motorcyclist Killed in Farm Machinery Collision

    Felton Motorcyclist Killed in Farm Machinery Collision

    Friday, July 19 2019 9:50 AM EDT2019-07-19 13:50:12 GMT
    Friday, July 19 2019 9:52 AM EDT2019-07-19 13:52:54 GMT
    A motorcyclist from Felton was killed after crashing into the back of a piece of farm machinery in Kent County, Del. on Wednesday night.More
    A motorcyclist from Felton was killed after crashing into the back of a piece of farm machinery in Kent County, Del. on Wednesday night.More
  • Biden Plans Trip to Rehoboth Beach

    Biden Plans Trip to Rehoboth Beach

    Friday, July 19 2019 12:00 AM EDT2019-07-19 04:00:52 GMT
    Friday, July 19 2019 7:26 AM EDT2019-07-19 11:26:50 GMT
    Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden are set to visit Rehoboth, Delaware on Friday, August 16.More
    Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden are set to visit Rehoboth, Delaware on Friday, August 16.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices