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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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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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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

February 2, 2017
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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

One of the more memorable book challenges that we covered last year came when the mother of a high school student in Issaquah, Washington pushed to have the graphic novel Mangaman removed from Issaquah High School’s library due to one panel showing pixelated genitals. We have recently learned via ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom that…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Raising Concerns Over WA Daycare Program’s Ban on “Frightening Images”

December 1, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter to the Washington State Department of Early Learning expressing concern about a regulation that prevents childcare providers from selecting potentially “frightening books.” CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique…

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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

November 1, 2016
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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

After coming across one instance of pixelated genitals in the YA graphic novel Mangaman, a mother in Issaquah, Washington, plans to formally request that the book be removed and/or restricted in the library at her 14-year-old son’s high school. In observance of their challenge policy, Issaquah School District administrators have pointed Shirley Lopez towards the…

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WA Early Achievers Program Raises Censorship Concerns

October 31, 2016
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Broad language used in a Washington State Early Achievers program that singles out specifically “fables, fairy tales, and nature/science books” has raised concerns about censorship in daycares across the state. Part of the Early Start Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, Washington Early Achievers is a program designed to extend “high-quality early learning…

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