They don’t advertise it, but a classified list of banned books exists behind the walls of Virginia prisons. The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) secretly has forbidden prisoner access to a long list of books (partially named below), many of which seem innocuous.
Exclusive to The Schilling Show, in his own hand, a concerned Virginia DOC inmate pleads for outside assistance in resolving what he refers to as “crude” censorship and a possible internal violation of book-banning protocol:
Allow me to thank you and your staff for their effort on behalf of the prisoners of the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) concerning the prisoners’ First Amendment rights, specially the freedom of the press.
If not for the actions of yourselves and apparently a few others, including The Quest Institute, the DOC would most likely ban the prisoners from receiving or having access to the great majority of printed material available.
As you may know, the DOC has what is known as the Banned Publications List (BPL). Materials on this list are placed there because of supposed “security concerns“ or are of an “offensive manner“. The DOC’s guidelines allegedly state that the publishers and authors of these banned materials have been notified of the banning and the cause for same. This has not been the case.
In addition, the DOC apparently now has a new tactic to prevent the prisoners, some 35,000+ of them, from having access to books.
The DOC has libraries at their major facilities. Said libraries are operated by the Virginia Department of of Correctional Education (DCE), part of the DOC. The libraries are part of the schools at each location. The libraries come under an administrator in Richmond known as the Library Coordinator. This person has control our the library material for all of the DOC’s prisons.
A Ms. R. Bibbens is the Library Coordinator. She has now taken it upon herself to bar the DCE Libraries from purchasing books that are not on the DOC’s BPL. Apparently, the books she bans do not meet her personal standards, as no other reason is given. Please remember, these works are not on the DOC’s official Banned Publications List.
This would appear to be just another way of the DOC practicing censorship in its crudest form. Many of the books she has banned are by some of the best selling and renown authors of the country. I have enclosed a partial list of the works she has banned for your perusal.
Sir, is there anything that you can do to stop this censorship from taking place? One would think that officials in the DOC would be glad that the prisoners want to read instead of possibly taking part in other less desirable activities.
Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to render these people without a voice.
xxx xxxxxxx (Identity withheld to protect the source)
Partial list of Books Banned by DCE Library Coordinator Ms. R. Bibbens
The Confession John Grisham
Port Mortuary Patricia Cornwell
The Prostitutes’ Ball Stephen J. Cannell
Shane Scully: #6 White Sister Stephen J. Cannell
Maura Isles: Ice Cold Tess Gerritsen
The Murder Room P.D. James
A Man Called Noon Louis L’Amour
Outlaw Lawman Paul Bagdon
The Western Trail Ralph Compton
The Chisholm Trail Ralph Compton
Bounty Hunter Ralph Compton & Joseph A. West
Death of a Hangman Ralph Compton & Joseph A. West
Dead As a Doornail Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World Charlaine Harris
Jesse Stone # 3 Robert B. Parker
The Professional Robert B. Parker
Perish Twice Robert B. Parker
Blue-Eyed Devil Robert B. Parker
In My Father’s House E. Lynn Harris
Torn Between Two Lovers Carl Weber
Tempted by Trouble Eric Jerome Dickey
Sizzling Sixteen Janet Evanovich
Three To Get Ready Janet Evanovich
Hard Eight Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp Janet Evanovich
Dead or Alive Tom Clancy
The Hunted Brian Haig
The Egyptian Book of The Dead E.A. Wallis Budge
The Afghan Frederick Forsyth
Jack Reacher #1 Lee Child
Lovers & Players Jackie Collins
The Second Horseman Kyle Mills
Nightwalkers P.T. Deutermann
Sharpe’s Prey Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe’s Trafalgar Bernard Cornwell
Conspiracy Stephen Coonts
Turning Angel Greg Isles
The Paris Vendetta Steve Berry
The Presence Bill Myers
Blood & Iron Harry Turledove
Soulless Christopher Golden
I, Sniper Stephen Hunter
Fever Dream Douglas Preston
The Prey # 19 John Sanford
Storm Prey John Sanford
Demons & Durids James Patterson
Private James Patterson
Don't Blink James Patterson
Post Card Killer James Patterson
Last Sacrifice Rachelle Mead
Bite Marks Terence Taylor
Bite Marks Terence Taylor
Blood Noir Laurel K. Hamilton
The Harlequin Laurel K. Hamilton
Skin Trade Laurel K. Hamilton
Preacher and the Mountain Ceasar William W. Johnstone
Preacher’s Fire William W. Johnstone
Out of The Ashes William W. Johnstone
Danger of The Ashes William W. Johnstone
Alone in The Ashes William W. Johnstone
Terror in The Ashes William W. Johnstone
Moonshine Massacre William W. Johnstone
Preacher’s Showdown William W. Johnstone
Snake River Slaughter William W. Johnstone
Winter Kill William W. Johnstone
The Demonwar Saga: #2 At the Gates of Darkness Raymond E. Feist
Forgotten Realms: Ed Greenwood Presents, Water deep #5 Erin M. Evans