They are important enough for New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, to announce the following on Twitter just days after an article appeared in The New Yorker about programs restricting these items from inmates, “I am directing the Dept. of Corrections to rescind its flawed pilot program that restricted shipment of books & care packages to inmates.” A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision further explained in an additional statement that the program would be suspended until concerns about “the price and availability of products under this program” could be addressed.
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In The New Yorker article, Christopher Garcia ordered a belated Christmas present for his father. He chose two books on Amazon and sent them to the Shawangunk Correctional Facility, in Wallkill, New York. His father, Edwin, an avid reader of science fiction, has received about ten