Author: Alabama prison wrong to ban 're-enslavement' book

This is what one might call a slippery slope. If they start banning certain types of books, what is next? I hope there is some resolution to this that will be a win, win for everyone. We must be careful.

On Tuesday, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a social justice and human rights nonprofit, circulated a press release about an Alabama prison ban on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines America's racial history. The story reached national attention via a full-length article on the New York Times.

EJI founder and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson was at the center of that story. His client, Mark Melvin, is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison just east of Montgomery, Alabama.

Last Friday, Stevenson filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Melvin, a 33-year-old inmate at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Mt. Meigs.

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