"Why? Because we can." Though it seems childish, that's the only reasoning one can imagine for certain correctional policies, especially in Texas. To wit: Death row prison Kenneth Foster Jr., who is scheduled to be executed on August 30 though he was a full 80 feet away when the murder in question was committed, has been denied access to a book about baseball (the book cover is pictured above). Apparently, Dave Zirin's book is seditious and inflammatory enough to incite riots (which, as you might imagine, are quite easy to coordinate on Texas' death row). Foster's case overall is appalling.
Are words dangerous? [Star Telegram]
Act Now to Prevent the Execution of Kenneth Foster [Amnesty International alert]