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Kansas launches prison book policy, strikes banned book list


August 23, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new Kansas corrections chief has abolished a list of 7,000 books banned from state prisons and adopted a policy that allows for the review and appeal of confiscated publications.

Jeff Zmuda became the acting secretary of the state Department of Corrections last month. His policy, which became effective July 30, allows mailroom employees to flag questionable publications for review by a manager. If the manager decides to censor the publication, an inmate can appeal the decision.

"When I got here, I realized people were still referencing the list," Zmuda said. "I don...

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