Banned in Texas prisons: books and magazines that many would consider classics

American Statesman – “Ask the Texas Department of Criminal Justice how many book and magazine titles it has reviewed over the years to determine if the reading material is suitable for its inmates, and officials will give you a precise number: 89,795. Ask how many authors are represented on the list, and they can tell you that, too: 40,285. But ask how many of those books and magazines have been rejected because prison reviewers decided they contain inappropriate content, and prison officials will tell you that information is unavailable: “There’s just no way to break that out,” said Tammy Shelby, a program specialist for the prison agency’s Mail System Coordinators Panel.”

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