Federal Bureau of Prisons Adds Gay Memoir to Banned Book List

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Memoir: Delaware County Prison, by author Reginald L. Hall, has been banned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Writersandpoets.com, LLC , the book’s publisher, received a letter in the mail from the Allenwood Medium Correctional Facility in White Deer, PA in response to an inmate’s attempt to order the book from The Ligorius Bookstore in Philadelphia.

The letter from the acting warden states that Memoir “has been rejected in accordance with the Bureau’s Program Statement on Incoming Publications.” According to the warden, Memoir was deemed “detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution, or may facilitate criminal activity.”

The book tells the true story of Mr. Hall, who, as a gay Black inner-city youth, was sentenced to eight months in prison after committing check fraud at the age of 18. He candidly reveals his life during those turbulent months, during which he got involved in the self-destructive world of drugs and illicit sex, and tried to put a permanent end to it all by attempting suicide

“Reginald’s story not only shows us prison life through the eyes of a gay teen, but also the challenges of growing up Black and gay in the inner city,” said Earl Cox, President and Chief Executive of Earl Cox & Associates Worldwide and Writersandpoets.com, LLC. “I can’t imagine what they allow prisoners to read if they are banning a book like this. Memoir does not glorify violence, nor does it promote criminal activity."

Hall is currently writing the sequel to Memoir called Smoking Cigarettes, due out in late spring 2005.

Producers, writers, editors, show hosts or reviewers who wish to receive a free copy of Memoir: Delaware County Prison should contact the publisher, Earl Cox of Writersandpoets.com LLC at 908-233-2399 or email info@writersandpoets.com.

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