Prison Book Censorship Bars Liberation

Justin Hansford
Feb 25, 2019 - 5:00
Prison Book Censorship Bars Liberation

In 2018, the list of banned books in North Carolina prisons included Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. It’s deeply hypocritical for a nation that proclaims itself a bastion of freedom to deny people an...

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2 Replies to “Prison Book Censorship Bars Liberation”

  1. Thank you for raising awareness on this injustice. Books are reformative, they inspire creativity and hope, they ignite empathy and they open the mind in ways that are vital to every individual’s path – we must end this injustice. Recently when wanting to donate dozens of books to CO prisons I bumped up against this requirement to use amazon or the like, to use only new books. Years ago this was not a requirement. We cannot let this vital resource become a tool of this hyper-capitalist system. I look forward to supporting the cause in any way I can.

  2. This is a informative article. I enjoyed reading it. Are you able to provide an update regarding the ‘book banning’ report and steps taken after its publication?

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