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Maryland Ban on Prisoner's Book Rescinded

The Maryland Department of Corrections (MDOC) has rescinded its ban on "The Marshall Plan: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther," a book written by Marshall "Eddie" Conway, a Maryland prisoner.

Acting MDOC warden Wayne Webb banned Conway's book citing its depiction of other prisoners. Rick Bennetti, a spokesman for the MDCO said prisoners are not allowed to be depicted without first notifying the victims of their crimes.

"[MDOC] procedures dictate that any inmate photographed for media/other publication purposes be cleared through the proper victim notification process. This means they check to see if there is a victim notification request by the victim or victim's family in the inmate's file requesting they be notified should there be a photo/interview/media request of the inmate," Binetti said. "Generally, speaking, victims ask that the inmate not be allowed to be interviewed/photographed."

The MDOC rescinded theban on Conway's book after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit.


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