US prisons ban ‘staggering’ number of books: campaigners

Tens of thousands of books are banned from US prisons, a new report said Wednesday, including a primer on drawing, a book about tying knots and textbooks teaching inmates foreign languages.

Prison authorities across the country cite vague “security” fears or worries over sexual content for their bans, which prevent some of America’s 1.2 million inmates from reading often innocuous-sounding texts sent by friends, campaigners, publishers or bookstores.

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