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Texas prisons ban ‘The Color Purple’ and book about Jackie Robinson but not ‘Mein Kampf’

“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The Washington Post)

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Pittsburgh library displaying art from inmates

“Last February, Mary Carey received a letter at her job in Braddock’s Carnegie Library from a man serving a life sentence at the State Correctional Institution in LaBelle, Fayette County. He proposed organizing an exhibit of his fellow prisoners’ artwork as a contribution to the library’s art lending program. In his letter, Richard Guy, previously of Wilkinsburg, mentioned that he had read about the program and “mentioned it to a couple of my fellow inmates who are very good artists. My idea is to give these guys an avenue of creativity and to help the library out.” (via LancasterOnline)

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Oakland collective hosts auction for Prisoners Literature Project

In Oakland – “Each year, 24,000 novels, dictionaries and books of poetry are packaged and shipped around the country by volunteers of the Berkeley-based Prisoners Literature Project. For nearly 30 years, the volunteer-run organization has provided books to prisoners in an effort to nurture rehabilitation and encourage education among this sometimes-forgotten population of society.”

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Conn. prison inmates have choice of violent books

Associated Press – “Inmates in Connecticut prisons have access to true crime books and works of fiction that depict murder and graphic violence, with no apparent restrictions based on a reader’s criminal history, according to a review of the prison library system by The Associated Press. “In Cold Blood,” about a 1959 killing in Kansas, is available in at least two Connecticut prisons, including one where a man on trial for a similar 2007 home invasion in Cheshire had served time. Prisons spokesman Brian Garnett said talking about book policies would violate a gag order in the case.”

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Librarian lights way for Ark. inmates with books

Pine Bluff Commercial – “Alexander is the first full-time administrator who oversees the libraries within Arkansas’ state prison system, which holds more than 14,000 inmates spread among 20 locations.”

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