U.S. prison officials have rescinded a controversial new policy that would have made it harder and more expensive for federal inmates to receive books. The policy would have banned direct delivery from publishers, book clubs and bookstores. The Bureau of Prisons policy would have imposed a seven-step process with a 30 percent price markup and would have allowed purchases only through a private vendor. The move prompted concern from inmates’ families and prison reform advocates. The agency said that the proposed restrictions had been part of efforts to prevent contraband from entering the 122 federal prisons.
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