Why Are American Prisons So Afraid of This Book?

“The New Jim Crow,” a best-selling book about how mass incarceration has ravaged the black community, is banned by prisons in two states and can be difficult to obtain in others.

New Jersey Lifts Prison Book Ban After A.C.L.U. Calls It Unconstitutional

The state reversed a ban on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” after the A.C.L.U. of New Jersey wrote to the state’s corrections commissioner.

Texas Prisons Ban 10,000 Books. No ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ for Inmates.

Inmates are barred from reading titles from best-selling publications to the obscure because they run afoul of prison guidelines, like having graphic sexual content.

In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message

The site has largely removed videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, Al Qaeda’s leading voice in English before his death by drone — and after, when he became a jihadist hero.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Returns to Mississippi School’s Reading List After Outcry

Biloxi Public Schools said the book may be read with a parent’s permission. It had been cut from a curriculum over complaints about its racial slurs.