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Thousands of Books Restricted in Kansas Prisons

"Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs and "Life in Prison" by Stanley Williams are just two of the books on a list of banned publications in Kansas prisons. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin)

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Excel 2016 for Dummies and Twelve Years a Slave. Those are just a few of more than 7,000 books that have been banned in Kansas prisons over the past 15 years. The state Department of Corrections says it censors some books and magazines for the sake of safety.  But critics say reducing access to books limits education and connection to the outside world. Nomin Ujiyediin, of the Kansas News Service, has details.

The Kansas News Service is a public media collaboration covering health, education, and politics across the state. 

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