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WHAT DID—AND DIDN’T—GET PAST TEXAS PRISON MAILROOM CENSORS LAST YEAR

The Hitler We Loved and Why

Banned: United States: An Illustrated History (racial content)
Approved: The Hitler We Loved and Why

Electrician's Exam Study Guide

Banned: Electrician’s Exam Study Guide (security concerns)
Approved: Viet Cong and nva Tunnels and Fortifications of the Vietnam War

Wilderness Survival

Banned: Wilderness Survival (could be used to facilitate an escape)
Approved: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

Banned: Good Housekeeping, August 2007 (criminal schemes)
Approved: Mafia Fix

Banned: Texas Hill Country, Spring/Summer 2007 (map)
Approved: Texas Travel Guide 2007

Banned: Spiritual Tattoo (sexually explicit images, tattoo making)
Approved: The Tattoo History Source Book

Banned: The Administratrix (female homosexuality)
Approved: Skin Deep: Real-Life Lesbian Sex Stories

Mother Jones, Sept/Oct 2007 issue

Banned: Mother Jones, Sept/Oct 2007 (nude child­…in a story on mining dangers)
Approved: Letters to Penthouse XXVIII

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