Banned Books = Banned Knowledge

22 May 2019
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Arizona prison officials have taken the “banned books” policy an additional step: they have banned a book by a former federal prosecutor, citing of course “security.”
Paul Butler, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.  This decision is border-line nuts. I assume they read only the title, because the contents warn over and over against any violence or retaliation.

We need a national conversation and policy on the definition of banned books. All too often the books are rejected by a mail room clerk with no understanding of even that unit’s policy–let alone the state’s or national one.

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