Orlando Sentinel: “Florida’s Prison System Leads Others in Banning Books, Report Finds”
From the Orlando Sentinel:
In Florida, censoring books in prison is nothing new. But a new study by The Marshall Project shows the Sunshine State is more aggressive than many others in restricting incarcerated people’s access to reading materials.
On Wednesday, the nonprofit journalism organization published a searchable database of about 54,000 books banned by prison systems in 18 states across the nation. Florida tops the list with more than 20,000, including the novel “Running With Scissors” and the special interest language book “Star Trek: How to Speak Klingon.”
“It’s wild to me the number of states that ban books for things for violence, when people could just read each others legal materials. It’s like they ban fiction, but real-world violence is right there in the legal papers,” said Keri Blakinger, a reporter with The Marshall Project who helped create the archive.
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