Arizona Faces Calls to Reverse Ban on Criminal Justice Book in Prisons

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The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is under fire after prison officials banned prisoners from reading a book that delves into the criminal justice system’s impact on Black men. The book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Georgetown University Professor Paul Butler, advocates for the abolition of the prison system.

In March, officials at the ADC declared Chokehold was “unauthorized content.” The ADC claimed the book was potentially “detrimental to the safe, secure and orderly operation” of prison facilities in a letter to Butler’s publisher, The New Press, according to NPR.

Butler and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are now requesting the department reconsider the ban and warn that if it does not, a lawsuit may follow.

“The ban is an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of inmates,” Butler said in an email to The North Star. “The Supreme Court has stated that the protection of the Constitution doesn’t…

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