Justice Minister Chris Grayling defends prisoner book rules


Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says new prison policies are not denying inmates access to books, despite criticisms from high-profile authors. Regulations introduced in November stop people sending books and other items to prisoners in England and Wales. Prison campaigners say it is effectively a "blanket ban" that restricts education and rehabilitation. However, the government says prisoners can still use prison libraries or earn money to buy books.Under the changes, prisoners are now not allowed to receive small parcels from outside containing items such as underwear and magazines.