NYDOC Rescinds Proposal after PEN Backlash

The New York State Department of Corrections (NYDOC) has rescinded a proposal that would limit incarcerated writers' ability to publish, just days after PEN America condemned the proposal. The move by the NYDOC would have frozen PEN America's prison writing programs, and placed significant restrictions on incarcerated writers.  

“Any effort to crush the right of incarcerated people to express themselves, and in particular, to limit literacy and literary creativity is an idea that should never have seen the light of day," said Moira Marquis, senior manager of PEN America’s Freewrite Project. "We are relieved that the New York corrections agency has backed down on a proposal that would interfere with concrete rehabilitative benefits.”

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