Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole – but ‘Mein Kampf’ is OK – Los Angeles Times

If you’re one of the more than 140,000 people doing time in a Texas state prison, you’re not allowed to read books by Bob Dole, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Sojourner Truth. But you’re more than welcome to dig into Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” or David Duke’s “My Awakening.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has banned 15,000 books from the correctional facilities it operates, most recently Dan Slater’s new “Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel,” the Guardian reports.

The news comes in the middle of Banned Books Week, the annual event celebrating literature that’s been targeted by censors.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the American Library Assn., a Banned Books Week sponsor, blasted Texas’ decision to ban “Wolf Boys,” about two Texas teenagers who go to work for the Zetas, an infamous Mexican drug cartel, and are caught and sentenced. The book is nonfiction: Both teenagers are housed in Texas prisons.

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