Kansas DOC's Banned Book List

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Kansas DOC's Banned Book List

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Maio 29, 2019, 9:24pm

From Books to Prisoners

"We just received the banned books list from KDOC & it's unbelievable. Kansas has fewer than 10,000 prisoners, yet more than 7,000 books are banned for them, from "A Clockwork Orange" to "Are Prisons Obsolete?"

"RT with the most absurd book you find! (link: http://www.bookstoprisoners.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Kansas-DOC-banned-boo...) bookstoprisoners.net/wp-content/upl…"

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/B2PSeattle/status/1133786132200615936

Kansas is a state in the Midwest of the United States. The KDOC is the Kansas' Department of Corrections, which oversees the state's prison system.

The list includes novels by authors such as Chuck Palahniuk, Patricia Cornwall, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lisa Gardner, James Patterson, Danielle Steele, Anne Rice, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman, and N.K. Jemisin. Also banned were roleplaying games, magazines, and nonfiction books. The 55-page list is available for download thanks to the Human Rights Defense Center.

Jun 8, 2019, 4:02pm

According to a Newsweek article on the 31st,

Kansas Department of Corrections was "planning to review the processes by which publications are placed on this list."

KDOC Secretary Werholtz asserted that the department was "not aware that the censorship process was an issue until objections were recently raised in the media."

"A quick perusal of the list does raise questions about the overzealousness of publications being placed on the list," he admitted. "Our goal is to review the list and apply some common sense judgement in how this list was and is put together."

Meanwhile, in the rest of the United States...

Amid a wave of jail/prison censorship, a welcome victory. Since late 2017, we've now had to fight in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, Ohio, Arizona, New Hamp., Kansas, Illinois & more. @prisonlegalnews also quietly prevailed in VA last week: https://t.co/7e5tMKfXPV https://t.co/NMBsty4Xgm

— Books to Prisoners (@B2PSeattle) June 8, 2019