Here Are 10 Books That Are Banned In Prisons

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Find out what books are banned in prisons across America.

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10 Books Banned in Prisons

Some of these books are banned due to information, believed threat of rebellion, or sexual content. You'll soon find that the Texas correctional system seems to ban more novels than most systems. But, Adolf Hilter's Mein Kamf is allowed. The world we live in, people. Here are the 10 books banned in prisons.

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1. Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed

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Why is it banned? Michigan Department of Corrections has banned this book as it gives too many detailed instructions of criminal activity.

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2. A Time To Kill

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Why was it banned? The Texas state prison system banned this book due to "racial content".

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3. Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession

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Why was it banned? A book about race relations? Texas doesn't feel they need it in their prisons.

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4. So, They've Said You've Broken The Law: Challenging Legal Authority

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Why was it banned? The Michigan Department of Corrections stated the book, "...includes content which advocates and promotes the violation of state and federal laws, including directions to avoid paying taxes and the laws which control the use of roads and highways."

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5. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Pop-Up Edition

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Why was it banned? The pop-up edition made it easier for contraband to be smuggled in to prisons.

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6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Why was it banned? Texas officials felt that a quote about the Ku Klux Klan, which featured a racial epithet, was worthy of banning the book.

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7. The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.

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Why is it banned? The Arizona Department of Corrections felt a chapter about surviving in the wilderness, which features how to cook a squirrel and start a fire, would help an inmate escape or cause havoc.

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8. Scar Tissue

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Why was it banned? The Washington prison system banned Red Hot Chili Pepper frontman, Anthony Kiedis's biography because of sexually explicit material.

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9.She's Come Undone

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Why was this banned? The Connecticut Department of Corrections initially banned the book due to sexually explicit content but reversed the ban soon after. But the Texas prison system stands by their ban of the novel.

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10. The Color Purple

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Why was it banned? Once again, Texas banned the award winning novel due to depictions of sexual assault.

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Honorable Mentions:

Middlesex : controversial content.

Inferno : depictions of Hell.

The 48 Laws of Power: fear of teachings inmates how to manipulate.

Basically anything by John Grisham : depiction of law and crime.

AAA Atlas : assuming it's to avoid teaching inmates about roads?

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