“I can’t imagine why the Texas Department of Criminal Justice would ban them, unless they’re worried that the inmates would overpower the guards using fart jokes,” Mr. Barry said in an email. Another South Florida writer, Carl Hiaasen, has several books on the approved list, but one of his novels — ”Double Whammy” — was outlawed. Still, the lists of approved and banned books in Texas prison have surprises. The sections of “Freakonomics” that discuss race, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said, led it to be banned. “I give the prison officials credit for reading ‘Freakonomics’ carefully enough to make specific arguments for banning the book,” Steven D. Levitt, a co-author of the book, said.
Source: New York Times December 07, 2017 12:45 UTC