185 search results for "prison book ban"

WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

April 15, 2019
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WA Reverses Prison Book Ban After Failed Defense

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) reversed its decision to ban book donations from nonprofits after outcry from the public and local lawmakers, including WA Governor Jay Inslee, voiced questions about the ban. DOC had previous enacted the policy banning direct book and comics donations from nonprofits without warning to those organizations impacted. DOC…

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NH Book Ban Targets Texts Critical of Prisons

May 29, 2019
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NH Book Ban Targets Texts Critical of Prisons

The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), recently discovered that New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is rejecting books that are critical of the prison industrial complex. According to a report published by Book Riot, the DOC’s guidelines are aimed at removing access to books that pose a danger to the security of the prison, or books…

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ACLU Explains Banning Book Critical of Prisons Unconstitutional

May 21, 2019
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ACLU Explains Banning Book Critical of Prisons Unconstitutional

Last week the ACLU wrote a letter to the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) asking them to overturn their ban on Chokehold by Paul Butler, a book that examines the racial disparities of the prison system and advocates abolition of mass incarceration. The letter, which was exclusively released to The Root, explains that ADC policies about…

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Illinois Department of Corrections New Book Review Policy Leaves Door Open for Future Censorship 

November 8, 2019
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Illinois Department of Corrections New Book Review Policy Leaves Door Open for Future Censorship 

Following the removal of 200 “controversial” books from the Danville Prison library and the loud public outcry that followed, the Illinois Department of Corrections has issued a new policy for book review. This policy, which attempts to target the viewpoint discrimination which led to the last purge,  is an improvement from previous guidelines, but still…

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Comics & Manga Among 20,000 titles Banned in Florida Prisons

August 23, 2019
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Comics & Manga Among 20,000 titles Banned in Florida Prisons

As book censorship in prisons gains more media attention, more journalists and nonprofits successfully gather further proof of the rampant First Amendment Rights violations happening to inmates all over the country. The latest state to be exposed for disregarding prisoners’ right to read is Florida. Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) recently shared two lists: one…

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Fight Club 2, Avengers Vault, and Deadpool Among Banned Comics in OR Prisons

July 9, 2019
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Fight Club 2, Avengers Vault, and Deadpool Among Banned Comics in OR Prisons

In late June The Salem Reporter released a list of over 1,600 titles that have been banned in Oregon prisons, including volumes of Deadpool, Preacher, The Avengers , and the graphic novel Fight Club 2 . Also on the list are a wide variety of manga titles, like Berserk and How to Summon a Demon…

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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

June 12, 2019
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Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons

Nonprofit Books to Prisoners (B2P) released a list on Twitter highlighting the vast illogical nightmare that is the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) log of censored books. The list demonstrates that for decades KDOC has been infringing on the First Amendment rights of its inmates by arbitrarily limiting their access to the “marketplace of ideas.”…

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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

April 16, 2019
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ACLU Urges GA Sheriff to Rescind Book Ban

The ACLU is working to reverse a new policy in a Georgia prison that severely limits inmates access to books and publications, by only allowing them to choose from what is available on the book cart. They’ve written a letter to Chatham County Sheriff John T. Wilcher and Chatham County Attorney, R. Jonathan Hart, detailing how this…

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WA Slyly Forbids Nonprofit Book Donation to Prisoners

April 4, 2019
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WA Slyly Forbids Nonprofit Book Donation to Prisoners

Without warning, Washington state’s Department of Corrections (WA DOC) enacted a policy banning direct book and comics donations from nonprofits to people incarcerated in the state. WA DOC claims this change is necessary to due to lack of resources available for checking materials sent in for contraband and inappropriate content. Books to Prisoners, one of…

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Upset Parent Proposes Legislation to Combat Books They Don’t Like

January 25, 2019
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Upset Parent Proposes Legislation to Combat Books They Don’t Like

A lawmaker in Maine is using her position of power to attack students’ intellectual freedom and restrict the books available to her son and his peers in public schools in the state. Amy Arata, elected in 2018 as a state representative for House District 65, introduced a bill that would remove an exemption for public…

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