(Solomon Alexander Hart, Milton Visiting Galileo when a Prisoner of the Inquisition, oil on canvas, 1847; Wellcome Library; photograph by the Wellcome Library; found here)
Perhaps you remember back in March that the British government introduced tight restrictions on prisoners receiving parcels, including books? Well, Barbara Gordon-Jones, who has a doctorate in English literature and is in Send prison for arson, challenged the decision. On Friday the High Court judged that there was ‘no good reason’ to prevent prisoners from receiving books and that in fact to do so was unlawful. (You can read the full judgment here.) Hurrah for an independent judiciary! And also well done to the lawyers who acted pro bono for the claimant.