KevinMD May 26, 2024
Hannah Calvelli, Olivia Duffield, and Brian Tuohy, PhD

Kwaneta Harris had hot flashes and lapses of memory. She didn’t feel right and didn’t know why. “It felt like my body was completely betraying me,” she wrote. “I felt like I was losing my mind.” The cause wasn’t the eight years she’d spent in solitary confinement in a Texas prison. She was going through menopause. She didn’t understand it. And Texas officials wouldn’t allow her access to books or written materials on women’s health.

Millions of people in prison are denied access to books, newsletters, texts, and other printed health information that is readily available to those of us on the outside. This censorship – too often subjective and unnecessary – harms incarcerated people and denies them the critical...

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