There's 'evidence' that Assad used chemicals?
You say there is "evidence" that Assad used chemical weapons in Syria. You seem more certain than either Britain or Russia.
I applaud the intelligence-gathering capability of The Charleston Gazette.
David N. Ryan
Let W.Va. inmates receive books again
Inmates at the South Central Regional Jail are no longer able to receive books by request, as of September. A few fiction books, like Westerns, sci-fi and romance novels, are made available to the jail population there, but these are hardly quality literature. Nonfiction and classics are not available.
Oftentimes, sending books by request to incarcerated loved ones, friends or family members is the only way for inmates to access good reading material. Books help inmates pass the time, but are also necessary for inmates to try to educate themselves. While 70 percent of the jail and prison population across the country reads at a fourth-grade reading level, it is important for inmates to have access to quality books and magazines that can help boost literacy levels.
Many positive benefits have been documented for inmates who have access to reading materials. Prison and jail inmates who read books, magazines and other materials have higher rates of literacy than inmates who never read. When comparing inmates who read in jail, versus those who don't, those who read have a better chance they won't return to the jail system -- living healthier and more productive lives after completing their sentences. Many inmates and prisoners throughout our history have turned their lives around through reading and writing while incarcerated. Some have even become authors.
Until now, the Charleston jail allowed requested books to be sent directly to inmates from book publishers and Amazon. The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority can and should reinstate its policy and allow inmates to have books mailed to them at the South Central Regional Jail and other jails across our state.