NC prisons un-ban book on race, mass incarceration after ACLU request
The state prison system will drop a book on racism and mass incarceration from its list of banned books, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, following a request from the ACLU's North Carolina chapter.Posted — Updated
Less than a quarter of North Carolina's population is black, but more than half its prison population is, the letter notes. The letter quoted a number of lawsuits and legal precedents and dubbed the system's ban "cruelly ironic."
After receiving the letter, state Director of Prisons Kenneth Lassiter "decided to immediately remove the book," DPS spokeswoman Pamela Walker said in an email. Lassiter, who started in the job May 1, also will review the system's entire list of banned books to determine whether others should be removed, Walker said.
ACLU of North Carolina spokesman Mike Meno said the group appreciated the prompt response and the decision to review the entire list.
"Everyone in our state would do well to read 'The New Jim Crow' so that we can work together to undo the racial injustice that permeates our criminal justice system," Meno said in an email.
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