Prisoners cannot read more than 10,000 titles but Hitlers autobiography and two titles by former KKK wizard David Duke are not among them
Books including The Color Purple, Freakonomics and Monty Python’s Big Red Book are banned in Texas state prisons- but Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and two books by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke are not.
The Dallas Morning News reported the choices made by the Texas department of criminal justice( TDCJ) on behalf of thousands of inmates.
There are 248,281 approved titles for the state’s nearly 150,000 inmates to read, the paper said, and 10,073 the hell is banned. Also among the proscribed are a collect of Shakespeare sonnets, Where’s Waldo? Santa Spectacular and Homer Simpson’s Little Book of Laziness.
Satan’s Sorcery Volume I and 100 Great Poem of Love and Lust are let, as is James Battersby’s The Holy Book of Adolf Hitler, which is described on Amazon.com as” the Bible of neo-Nazism and of esoteric Hitlerism “.
What is or is not permissible in Texas prisons is largely decided by mailroom personnel, the newspaper saw. Content and imagery are only part of the criteria applied; many volumes are banned because their bindings or coverings could be used to smuggle contraband. For obvious reasons, maps are also banned.
Regarding content, the Dallas Morning News reported, reasons for a volume to be banned include: informed on the manufacture of explosives, weapons and/ or drugs; material” written solely for the purpose of communicating info designed to achieve the breakdown of prisons through offender disruption “; graphic presentations of illegal acts” such as rape, incest, sexuality with a minor, bestiality, necrophilia or bondage “; and informed on” how to avoid detection of criminal strategies “.
Some graphic fictions, including titles on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Monty Python, are prohibited because they contain nudity or sex images. EL James’s softcore Fifty Shades novels, meanwhile, are permitted.
The ACLU of Texas executive director, Terri Burke, told the newspaper inmates should have the same access to literature as anyone in society.
” “Were not receiving” excuse in our opinion for banning volumes in the prisons ,” Burke said.” None at all. There’s a lot of rights captives give up, but they shouldn’t have to give up that one. Adolf Hitler and David Duke should be there just as much as Salman Rushdie and Alice Walker .”
Freakonomics, by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner, is banned because it contains” racial content” the TDCJ deemed capable of provoking” offender interruption “.
The Color Purple was banned because author Alice Walker results the reader to believed the main character is raped by her father.
Asked about books by Duke and Hitler, a prison system spokesperson told the paper both conformed to country guidelines.
” Mein Kampf is on the approved listing because it does not violate our rules ,” said Jason Clark, TDCJ deputy chief of staff.
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