[Libs-Or] books banned in Oregon state prisons?

Heidi Florenzen hflorenzen at hermiston.or.us
Wed Dec 20 13:30:14 PST 2017

There was such a list of subjects when I worked at one of the correctional institution libraries in Oregon in the early 90s.  It was developed for security purposes.  Certain types of books were not allowed.  Books describing bomb making, for example, were not allowed. This was state-wide.  Specific titles of fiction could also be restricted for these reasons. Books were not banned just because they included sex or violence.  We had a widely varied collection of popular fiction.  The librarians at our facility were not involved with creating these lists but were required to keep these books off our shelves.

I remember Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses was on the list at the time because it might cause riots.  And at our institution an Anne Rice novel was not allowed at our library because the subject of the book was at our institution.

I would imagine the practice of a banned list has continued.

Heidi Florenzen <hflorenzen at hermiston.or.us>
Assistant Director
Hermiston Public Library <http://www.hermistonlibrary.us>
235 E Gladys Avenue
Hermiston, OR 97838
(541) 567-2882

From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> on behalf of Trott, Garrett <GTrott at corban.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:01 PM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] books banned in Oregon state prisons?

Is anybody aware of a list of titles that are not permitted in Oregon state prisons (i.e. for prisoners)?  Does such a list exist?  Is it up to each and every facility to determine what they allow and do not allow?


Garrett Trott
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