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Book that addresses impact of criminal justice system on black men banned from Arizona prisons

Added 05-21-19 02:13:02pm EST - “A book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men has been banned from Arizona prisons.” - Nydailynews.com

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A book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men has been banned from Arizona prisons.

“Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” written by former federal prosecutor Paul Butler, takes a close look at mass incarceration with a focus on African American men.

Readers have raved about the 2017 book on Goodreads, with one person writing that the author “took me on an intellectual ride that I never saw coming.” The reader added that “there is not one group of people, gender, race or creed who should not read this book!”

The Arizona Department of Corrections apparently disagrees. Butler said his publisher was notified by email earlier this year that his book had “unauthorized content” and included parts that were “detrimental to the safe, secure, and orderly operation of the facility.”

“I disavow violence because first, I think it’s immoral, and second, because it wouldn’t work,” Butler said. “I’ve received letters from several inmates who have read ‘Chokehold’ while they are serving time. No one has indicated that reading ‘Chokehold’ has caused any problems in prison.”

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