Texas Prisons Ban 10,000 Books. No ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ for Inmates. But 'Mein Kampf' is allowed.

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7 Dec 2017 20:50 - +8841
I've heard people argue that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Never heard the one about Men Kampf being a Christmas classic.
7 Dec 2017 21:05 - +4110
No worries, the guards will still snuggle them in like they do with all the drugs Edit: there is no fucking way I'm correcting my misspelling. It's better this way.
7 Dec 2017 22:21 - +3351
I guess I could understand banning books called "How to Escape from Prison." Not sure how a book about the true meaning of Christmas made the list.
7 Dec 2017 21:40 - +831
Let's face it, no matter what books are on the ban list there's going to be a bunch of fucked up titles that are allowed. So, why bother banning any?!
7 Dec 2017 22:41 - +629
Some of those books are banned for perfectly valid reasons, like they might have potential to hide weapons. They generally don't ban for content unless it's explicitly violent or depicts criminal acts.
7 Dec 2017 23:28 - +185
I have Charlie Brown Christmas for the kids. Was thinking this ban is because Charlie Brown Christmas is big enough to hide contraband in. It has spaces for sounds effects, batteries and such. Thinking the kiddie sound effects version of Mein Kampf has yet to come out. (Although his thoughts on exterminating Jews as the work of the Lord could be somewhat considered Christmassy? Maybe not.)
7 Dec 2017 22:35 - +171
Aryan Brotherhood is a big deal inside of prisons. Taking away Mein Kampf would start some bad prison riots.
7 Dec 2017 23:58 - +151
> the pop-up edition of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is prohibited (could hide contraband inside it) Just saying. Title is a little misleading...
7 Dec 2017 23:04 - +124
Could be Charlie Brown Christmas was banned for depictions of children. Could be its paper was used as rolling paper. Could be people kept stealing the pages as artwork. Could be people were getting so sad reading it they killed themselves. Prisons are weird.
7 Dec 2017 23:26 - +114
This is the dumbest article I've ever seen >But the pop-up edition of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is prohibited (could hide contraband inside it) So the non pop up edition is fine? Edit: Supposedly, the pop up edition of Mein Kampf is also banned.
7 Dec 2017 21:06 - +103
A lack of a well rounded education should help you get a job upon release. wtf
7 Dec 2017 23:34 - +82
Its odd that they ban Color Purple for incest, but not Lolita for... well.
8 Dec 2017 00:03 - +61
This is really misleading. After looking at the list, other books **allowed** include The Royal Parchment of Black Supremacy, The Communist Manifesto, and the Diary of Che Guevara. Way to mislead the public into seeing a deepening racial divide, NYTimes.
7 Dec 2017 23:29 - +39
Maybe read the article. It's the pop-up version of *A Charlie Brown Christmas* that is banned, and not due to content but because you can hide contraband in it.
8 Dec 2017 00:37 - +15
God damn Reddit is becoming fucking awful I’m sick of the misleading and flat out retarded headlines.
8 Dec 2017 00:24 - +15
For those being outraged by the headline of banning books, there are some reasons why they do it: > According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's policies, a book, magazine or other publication can be banned because it contains: > * Information on the manufacture of explosives, weapons and/or drugs. > * "Material that a reasonable person would construe as written solely for the purpose of communicating information designed to achieve the breakdown of prisons through offender disruption," like strikes or riots. > * "Graphic presentations" of illegal sex acts, "such as rape, incest, sex with a minor, bestiality, necrophilia or bondage." Sexually explicit images. "Naked or partially covered buttocks" does not constitute reason for automatic disapproval. Staff review medical journals, reference materials, art books and other publications containing nudity on a case-by-case basis. > * Information on criminal schemes or "how to avoid detection of criminal schemes." > * The book can also be banned for how it's manufactured. If the binding, cover or other parts can be used to hide contraband, it won't be allowed. >That's why several pop-up books, such as Harry Potter Film Wizardry and The Amazing Spider-Man, were banned. Other children's titles like Hello Kitty and the Homer Simpson book were put on the disapproved list because they had "uninspectable" covers or "multi-layer pages." >Waldo may have stripes, but he's a no-show in Texas prisons this Christmas because his book "contains stickers." [ Source](https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/11/27/texas-prisons-ban-freakonomics-big-book-angels-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf) There's a lot of reasons why they ban books. Some prisoners can be crafty little fuckers, so the prisons have to be very careful with what they allow them access too. It'd be cool if some of the book makers made special 'Prison Editions' but I doubt they see much of a reason to do it unfortunately. I would love for them to have access to a lot more literature, but I understand why a lot of the books go on the ban list.
8 Dec 2017 00:50 - +9
Will Reddit read the article this time? Let's find out!
8 Dec 2017 01:03 - +9
"Texas Prisons ban 10,000 books. No Pop-Up books or other contraband-prone designs. Normally printed books are allowed." A more accurate and less inflammatory headline.
8 Dec 2017 00:53 - +9
Its not banned because of the content, its banned because its a pop up book with a hardcover that inmates use to make contraband.
8 Dec 2017 00:35 - +6
Just a reminder - most of the banned books are because of physical attributes such as the type of binding.
7 Dec 2017 23:49 - +6
Do you want the white supremacists to riot? I'm sure the guards and their families do *not*. The real question is, did they ban other literature that specific groups hold in similar esteem as do white supremacists with Mein Kampf? If so, then we have something to talk about. Update: Texas Prisons allow books such as the Communist Manifesto, the Diary of Che Guevara, and The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy. So, making Texas seem as though they have a soft spot for white supremacy is misleading. So goes the state of American media.
8 Dec 2017 00:00 - +3
How many times have we seen this news now? At this point, we should start calling it "olds".

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