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Lists of banned books acquired by MuckRock through public records requests show that Ohio and Michigan prisons ban books that aim to teach computer programming skills. Their decisions to ban educational texts related to programming, alongside erotica and literature published by neo-nazi groups, are in stark contrast with practices in other states and countries, where prisons include coding in educational programs.
Michigan Department of Correction’s 60 page long list of books banned in state prisons, acquired by MuckRock through a public records request, includes 43 that are prohibited for “advocating racial supremacy.” These titles include Mein Kampf, The Turner Diaries, and, alarmingly, Black Skin, White Masks, by post-colonial theorist Frantz Fanon. Michigan DOC’s ban on an important anti-colonial text is one reminder of the inconsistent, and potentially biased, book banning practices that exist in prisons across the United States.
CIA’s Guide To Other Country’s Elections: Why Jamaican “National Hero” Michael Manley worried the Agency
Michael Manley, who served as Prime Minister of Jamaica for a total of 11 years, is considered by nearly half of Jamaicans as the best Prime Minister the country ever had. 68% say that he should considered a national hero. However, as a 1980 Agency memo in the middle of a tough re-election battle shows, the CIA had a much more negative view of Manley, fearing he would resort to illegal means to stay in power.
The CIA, like all government agencies, produces a huge amount of paperwork. Faced with this quantity of paper, the CIA published a classified collection of essays that was aimed at improving the literary quality of the documents that the Agency was creating.
MuckRock is asking you to submit examples of the most racist memorials and monuments in the country. We’ll follow up by submitting records requests that will help us find out exactly how much time and energy local, state, and federal agencies devote to upkeep.
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|WI Prohibited Publications||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Department of Corrections||Wisconsin|
|RI Prohibited Books and Publications||Completed||Department of Corrections||Rhode Island|
|Alaska Prohibited Books and Publications||Completed||Department of Corrections||Alaska|
|Florida Prohibited Books Appeals||Completed||Department of Corrections||Florida|
|Michigan Flagged Words||No Responsive Documents||Department of Corrections||Michigan|
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|Kansas Prohibited Books and Periodicals||Completed||Department of Corrections||Kansas|
|New Jersey Prohibited Books||Completed||State of New Jersey Department of Corrections||New Jersey|
|California Prohibited Publications||Completed||Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation||California|
|Curfew Arrests||Completed||Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department||Indianapolis, IN|
|Prohibited Material||Completed||Department of Corrections||Michigan|