Prisoner rights group: Kansas prisons unfairly block books


December 5, 2019 - 8:56 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Corrections unfairly censors publications even with the adoption of a new policy and the elimination of a banned book list, a prisoner rights groups said.

The Human Rights Defense Center has cited more than 200 books and magazines that administrators have recently blocked, including Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize winner “The Overstory,” The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Other popular books by authors such as Toni Morrison and Nora Roberts have also been intercepted.

“It turns out, not much has substantively changed,” said Michelle Dillon, a public record manager with HRDC.

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