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Victory for ACLU and Chokehold in AZ

June 20, 2019
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Victory for ACLU and Chokehold in AZ

The Arizona Department of Corrections decided to reverse its previous ban on Paul Butler’s autobiography, Chokehold: Policing Black Men after the ACLU threatened to sue. ACLU announced the decision on Twitter, and Butler also tweeted about the decision, calling it a “victory for literacy and justice” but tempering excitement by recalling the more than 2,000,000…

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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 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 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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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

November 30, 2018
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Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons

Comics, manga, and art books figure heavily in the list of 950 books and periodicals banned by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC). The list itself was uncovered by The Times-Picayune following a public records request. Many inmate advocate groups in the area, including the Louisiana ACLU and Books 2 Prisoners, a New Orleans based…

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